Elders are church officers who are called to spiritually lead and care for the church, by the Word of God.

Pooyan Mehrshahi

Pastor / preaching elder

Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi has been the main preaching elder and pastor of the church since August 2007. He is a native of Iran and is the chairman of Parsa Trust, translating, publishing and distributing Evangelical and Reformed literature throughout the world. He is also a trustee of the Bible League Trust, and has been a contributor of the KJV Reformation Heritage Study Bible.

John Hope


John Hope has been a member of the church at Providence Baptist Chapel since 2009. Prior to moving to Gloucestershire he had been in membership at a baptist church in Oxford where he was a deacon for some years. In addition to being an elder he is the secretary of the church at Providence.


Deacons are church officers called by the church to meet the practical needs.

Tim Ilott


Tim Ilott has been a faithful deacon from the beginning of the formation of the current fellowship at Providence Baptist Chapel.