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Meet The Leadership Team

Bob Thomas

Fifty years ago a change of job brought Bob's family from London to live in Goytre. At that time he thought that this would be a stepping stone to his home near Swansea but the welcome he received from the people of Goytre, including those who were part of the church family at Capel Ed soon made him think again. 

At that time,Capel Ed was a small traditional St Fagans type of chapel but he was welcomed and encouraged to get involved in activities for children and youth. In 1988 the sale of a small field next to the chapel allowed the church to extend and modernise. The floor was levelled allowing activities to be offered for people in the community, including Toddlers,Sunday Club,Holiday Club and Youth Club.

In Bob's words"our aim has always been to reach out to people whether they have attended a church or not,through coffee mornings,fairly informal times of worship, often with those attending invited to participate and share.

We have been blessed to have prayer answered with members of the church family enjoying better health than the prognosis they have received.

We are not a strict religious group,but in all that we do we try and follow the example Jesus gave in his life and reflect his love to everyone irrespective of their background.

We would love you to come in and meet us and see for yourselves who we are and experience our welcome." 

Paul Robins

Paul became an Elder in 2000. He is a member of the preaching team and serves as Treasurer. He also leads one of the discipleship groups. Paul is a qualified accountant(very appropriate for a treasurer!!) and has spent most of his working life as an accountancy tutor and examiner 


Paul is married to Janet and they are blessed with two grown up daughters, Charlotte and Emily.

Charlotte is happily married to Matt and Emily is happily married to Joe.

Paul and Janet regularly have the privilege of looking after their two grandsons, Joshua and Arthur     

John Barton

John is married to Hilary. They have three grown-up children and four grandchildren.

When not caring for their extended family they enjoy playing tennis and taking their Labrador on long country walks. As an Everton FC supporter John is learning patience and humility. He worked as a consultant in the NHS until retiring in 2021.


John and Hilary have been members of Capel Ed since moving to Monmouthsire in 1996. John has been part of the leadership team and an elder for several years. He is passionate that we recognise God's interest in every area of our lives and that we are called to follow and represent Jesus well wherever he places us.   

  Jeff Taylor

Jeff has lived locally all his life. He and Jen met at the age of 17 and married aged 21, some 53 years ago

They have two sons, Martin and Matthew,five grandsons,Joseph,Jacob,Joshua,

Callum and Pavel and also a great granddaughter Athena. 

The entire family are extremely sporty and active and Jen and Jeff have great pleasure following their journeys in life.

Jeff and Jen established a house building business(Edenstone Group) in 1976 and Jeff continues to work there on a part time basis as non executive director.

Jeff's passion is to serve in his God given gifts,

particularly mentoring and growing people by telling them about how Jesus transformed his life (fulfilling The Great Commission as set out in Matthew 28:18-20)


Both Jeff and Jen have a strong desire to care for and support the poor and needy and have great empathy for the Eastern Valley Foodbank and Compassion and the work that they carry out.

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