Our Team

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Rev. Craig Sweeney-Essex - Minister

Craig became the minister at Central Baptist Church in September 2017 having previously been a visiting preacher with us. He was born and bred in Leicester and has lived here all of his life. He has led in many areas of ministry including a missional football project, youth ministry, men’s ministry, and house groups before studying at Moorlands College. He is also Chairman of The Centre Project, Leicester.

As minister, he is responsible for leading us, particularly in our 4 key values of fellowship, mission, discipleship, and worship. This involves helping people to grow in and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enabling them to find their place of service in the body of Christ.

 Craig is married to Laura and has two children. He enjoys food, weight training and walking his dog.

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Ed Copestake - Events, Lettings, Media & Communications Manager

Ed joined our staff team in 2015, having worshipped at Central since 2010 when he moved to Leicester to study at DMU.

Ed looks after our lettings, ensuring that God’s love is shown to all who use our rooms and facilities. Ed also ensure that our social media pages, website are kept up to date. On a Sunday morning you’ll most likely see Ed leading worship or on the AV team.

Ed is married to Grace, and is passionate about music and sport, particularly Ipswich Town.

Laura Sweeney-Essex - Sunday Club Coordinator


Church Deacons (Leadership Team)

We also have a leadership team who have different responsibilities and oversee various different aspects of church life. These include:

  • Pastoral Care

  • Outreach ministries

  • Administration

  • Finance

  • Catering / Refreshments

  • Fabric of the building