Abbey Baptist Church is an active community of Christian believers living in and around Abingdon. We are committed to discovering more about God through his living word the Bible. We believe that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus greatly impacts our lives now and for eternity. Our faith is expressed in joyfully worshipping God and serving the local community in various ways.
Our church motto is "Bringing God's Message to Life in Abingdon"
The best way to find out more about Abbey is to come along to our main Sunday gathering at 10.30am on Checker Walk, next to the old Abbey buildings. (Click here for a map).
The service is designed to be friendly and accessible for all. It includes a staffed creche for 0-2s and Venturers for primary aged children to enjoy during the second half of the main service.
We look forward to learning from God's word each week, so the sermons seek to be clear, applicable and relevant. We also enjoy singing traditional hymns and contemporary songs and communicating with God in prayer.
We also run a similar service at 6pm on Sunday evenings. Each service ends with an opportunity to chat over coffee.
Abbey is a busy church family with many people giving their time to serve practically and ensure the activities run efficiently and smoothly.
Abbey is led by a team of elders:
Simon Hutton (second from the left) is our full-time minister. He worked as a secondary school teacher before training for ministry at the Wales Evangelical School Theology (now called Union) and then moving to Abbey with his wife Rebecca in 2009. His passion is to help people connect the life-changing truth about Jesus to their lives through his preaching and personal interactions. He also enjoys photography and the occasional round of golf. Simon and Rebecca have two young sons.
Born in Cardiff, Wales, Peter Akrill (far left) works as a toxicologist on Milton Park, Abingdon. He is married to Karen and they have three sons. Peter has been a Christian since he was eleven years old and enjoys playing sport, particularly football and golf, and can often be found running the local Parkrun.
John Lipp (centre) came to faith as a teenager in the north of Scotland. After studying engineering at the University of Aberdeen he moved to Oxfordshire and has worked in electronics ever since. He has been involved in church youth work and has lead small groups in various settings for many years. He loves seeing people grow in their faith and has adopted Colossians 1v28 as his motto. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children walking, cycling, swimming or doing DIY around the house and garden.
Adam Hawley (second from right) is married with four children and works as a local dentist. He became a Christian as a child and started attending Abbey as a young teenager, benefiting from the youth work greatly. He counts it a privilege to now serve the church as an elder and to see his children benefiting from the church ministries.
Graeme Stonell (far right) has lived in Abingdon and been part of Abbey for many years. He is a scientist working at nearby Harwell. He is married with two adult daughters.
Beth Rolfe is our women's pastoral support worker. She is married with two grown up children. She is originally from Northern Ireland and became a Christian around the age of eleven, largely through the witness of a godly Sunday School teacher. While studying in Ulster she met her husband and moved with him, first to Wiltshire then to Abingdon. She has been a member of Abbey for over 30 years, where she has been involved at various times with children’s work and work with the elderly. For many years she was a primary school teacher before taking on her current role at Abbey.