Leadership Team

Jim Ransom

Pastor

Jim has been a part of the Faversham Gospel Mission family Since 1975 when his father took on the role of pastor.

Over the last 30 years Jim has been actively involved in the leadership of the church serving in a number of roles from Youth Leader to Worship Leader to Elder and eventually to Pastor.

Jim is passionate about the word of God and loves to encourage the Mission family in and through the use of Scripture.

Jim is married to Mary and together they have one daughter Rebekah.

Dave ‘Lambo’ Lamberton

Deacon

Married to Sue and collectively known as “Sue’n’Dave” or “Dave’n’Sue” depending on which of their curly heads you see first!

Dave has been part of the family at FGM since he actually can’t remember.  Sometime in the early 1980s, he moved to Faversham from Canterbury and was led to help at the Mission.

At various times he has been involved with Youth Ministry and counselling as well as being part of the current leadership team.  He is part of the steering committee for Faversham Foodbank where he is to be found most weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays and also gives pastoral support to the members of a local mental health charity.

Sue Lamberton

Deacon

Married to Dave and collectively known as “Sue’n’Dave” or “Dave’n’Sue” depending on which of their curly heads you see first!

A former student introduced Sue to FGM when she moved to Faversham to teach in one of the local schools.  Sue helps to lead the worship at FGM, and has also been involved with counselling and teaching in both Youth and Young Adults Ministries.  She is now part of the leadership team.

Andrew Fergusson

Deacon

Andrew Fergusson retired with Catrin to Faversham in 2011, and discovered that ‘retirement is a job for a much younger man’! He remains involved in various fields of medical ethics, and is active on the boards of several Christian publishing companies.

Immediately attracted to the Gospel Mission for its welcoming spirit, its inspirational worship, and its relevant teaching which is always true to the Bible, Andrew preaches occasionally, chairs deacons’ meetings, and is one of the Mission’s representatives for Churches Together in Faversham.

Geoff Sandiford

Trustee

Geoff has played many instruments in the worship group, including electric bass, acoustic guitar and now plays drums. He is one of the trustees responsible for the fabric and décor of the building ensuring visitors feel the warm friendly atmosphere at the Mission.

Trevor Monks

Deacon

I have attended the Gospel Mission for some 4-5 years now. I partly joined because I knew Jim, the Pastor, some 30 years previously, but mainly because the word of truth and the worship are presented in an incredible way.

I became a deacon (when offered) by wanting to serve the structure of the mission; also a similar reason for being Fire & Safety Officer.

Married to Julie, we have two sons Samuel & Joshua. We are truly blessed.

Stuart Owen

Trustee, Treasurer and Editor of the Mission Magazine.

Stuart, born in Faversham, became a Christian at the age of seven. On leaving school he served an apprenticeship in the printing trade.

In December 1999, after being invited to a carol service, Stuart went away feeling that the Lord had plans for him in this church and sixteen years later still feels drawn to be part of the fellowship.

Appointed editor of the Mission Magazine in 2004; a position he thoroughly enjoys given the opportunity to publish the Lord’s word.

Stuart says the Gospel Mission is friendly, welcoming and gives a sense of belonging.

Amanda Eason

Trustee

Amanda has been a member of the Gospel Mission for the last 12 years.

Having been brought up in Faversham and subsequently moving to Whitstable and Herne Bay many years ago, she travelled back to church, moving back into the town four years ago.

The church to her is one big family and she is involved in many aspects of church life.

Amanda lives with her son, Matt.

Steve Withell

Deacon

Steve joined the Mission in 2010 after moving to the Faversham area and was appointed a deacon in 2014.  He is involved with Churches Together in Faversham and meets during the week for Bible study with other Christians from the High Downs Benefice. Steve and his wife, Bridget, are trustees of Uganda Concern UK and visit Uganda in January each year. They have four adult daughters.

Julie Chittenden

Trustee
Julie has lived in Faversham most of her life and started attending the Gospel Mission 20 years ago after becoming a Christian at the age of 27. Having never been to church before, she was a stranger to it, but felt so welcomed and at ease that she has never left the fellowship. 
 
As a mum with 2 young daughters, Julie taught Sunday School for 10 years and was even the Caretaker when her children were young. She now works full time.
 
Julie is passionate about God’s Word and believes the teaching at The Mission is true to the Bible. She loves the freedom of the services that allows The Holy Spirit to minister to people and the love and support the people have for each other – we are one big family with God at the centre.

Jeanie Sandiford

Deacon

Jeanie is married to Geoff with a grown up son and daughter. She has been going to the Mission since their children were small and, as a retired primary school teacher, has always taught the children in the Sunday Club.