Aiming to glorify God by calling and equipping people to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Meet the Elders

David Chapman
David, having served for many years as our pastor and as General Secretary of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East), brings many years of experience to our eldership. His “ABC” for our church is for it to be accessible to all, Bible based and Christ centred – a church where people come to know and love Jesus and grow to be like Him. David is married to Janet and they have two children and four grandchildren.  He is a native of Suffolk – and yes, he keeps an eye on the fortunes or otherwise of Ipswich Town FC.

John Heasman
John has been a member at Akeman Street since the early 1990s. He is a big fan of all-member ministry and loves to see folk across the church family testing and developing their spiritual gifts as we look to serve and worship Jesus together. He and his wife Christine live in a village just outside Tring and they have five adult children, not to mention an ageing labrador. Originally from London, John continues to loyally support QPR football club.

Chris Turland
Chris came to the fellowship at Akeman Street when he moved to Tring in 2008.  He loves living in Tring and going for walks in the surrounding countryside.  He wants to use his time as an Elder to serve the fellowship and help them to grow in their faith.  Chris is married to Sandra and has four children. His day job is working in the financial services industry in London.  He grew up in nearby Hemel Hempstead, before living in London and Hong Kong.