Being a Baptist

Who are Baptists?

Baptist churches are found in almost every country in the world. As part of the world-wide Christian church, Baptists form one of the largest families of faith, alongside other Christian traditions.

For Baptists the concept of a family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world.

Each local Baptist church appoints its own leaders - or ministers - to have particular responsibility for preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Working alongside these ministers are also elders and deacons, who together with the minister(s) form the leadership team of the local Baptist church.

Baptists are grass-roots people, with a particular emphasis on the local church. These local churches are self-governing and self-supporting, ranging in size from twenty or so members to many hundreds. Although each Baptist church is an independent entity, Baptists nonetheless have always believed in associating with one another - and so the churches come together in regional, national and international spheres to promote and support the fellowship of Baptists everywhere.

The Baptist Union of Great Britain

The Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) is the Baptist family in England and Wales.


Meredith Road Baptist is part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain as well as a member of the local Association (HEBA)

 Heart of England Baptist Association (HEBA)

The Heart of England Baptist Association (HEBA) brings together about 170 churches in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the Black Country, Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The common vision is to see growing, healthy churches reaching out with the Good News of Jesus.