Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff 
Jamie   Jamie Fredricks
Jamie is our Minister at Opengate. He’s a proper Bognor Boy and has been a member of the church since the early 90’s. After studying history and media studies, he then spent 16 years in the multimedia industry, working in video production, graphic design and web development.

Jamie trained as a Baptist Minister at Spurgeons College in London. He has two children and enjoys playing guitar, making jam and using big theological words. He is now starting to learn what some of them mean too…
NickDrury1   Nick Drury
Nick joined the team in 2018 as Associate Minister with a focus on Youth and Young Adults. He’s a Brummie lad who was brought up in a Christian family, but really discovered his own faith through taking part in numerous mission trips, with a gap year in India being a particularly forming time in his journey with God. After this, Nick embarked on the process of training for ministry, spending three years in a church in the Yorkshire pennines learning the trade! 

Nick has a heart for seeing God’s Kingdom being brought about here and now, through the medium of community and mission. He's married to Hannah, and enjoys walking, swimming and supporting West Brom!
Julie   Julie Passmore
Julie has been a member here at Vic Drive since she became a Christian when she was a teenager. She started her working life in a bank before moving to a training company. She joined the leadership team in 2000 and after leaving secular employment at the end on 2004 became the Church’s administrator.

Her passion is to see people released into their gifts and achieving their full potential. She has been married to Ian for 25 years and they have a teenage son, Joel.
Derek   Derek Cormell
Derek was born and grew up in North Cheshire before leaving home to go to UWIST Cardiff where he obtained his Mathematics and Physics degree, followed by teacher training at Bristol University. When he was a young child his Church began a Sunday School especially for him – Derek recognises that this was a provision from a gracious God and testifies to the continual evidence of God’s grace on his life. After graduating from university he became a Mathematics teacher, moving into the area in 1977 to head up the Maths department in a local secondary school.

He is now retired from teaching which leaves him more time to exercise his teaching and pastoral gifts within the Church. He heads up the pastoral team with his wife Miranda. He and Miranda have a house group and run “Freedom in Christ” sessions. He is amazed by the graciousness of Father, the compassion of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit and expects to see God move in His church.
Miranda   Miranda Cormell
Miranda is married to Derek and together they head up the Church Pastoral Team. They have two grown up sons, both active in their own churches. Miranda was trained and worked in Social Research for a number of years before accepting an invitation in 1992 to take on the newly created role of Church Administrator. She held this position for twelve and a half years, working with 3 different pastors, before handing over the baton to Julie Passmore in 2005.

Miranda is involved in several different town wide community projects, as well as her own ‘English for Migrant Workers Project’, and loves any opportunity to help different people, churches and organisations to network and build God’s Kingdom together. She enjoys film, playing the flute, learning how to dance (Ballroom and Latin), swimming and simply being with friends.
Elisa   Elisa Evitts
Elisa is a Bognor girl born and bred, is married to Roger and has three children. She has been a Christian since she was a teenager and first attended Revelation church, but after hearing God as a family they moved to Opengate. Originally trained as a pharmacy technician, she chose to leave the profession to raise her children.

Elisa has a passion for hearing the prophetic and using art as a platform to express the word of God. She loves to see God encourage others, particularly through prayer. Elisa is often found hurtling through the water at the local swimming pool and also likes doing crafting. She loves her two cats and is often found singing gospel music while doing the housework!
Jo   Jo Parnell
Jo came to know Jesus as Saviour and friend as a child through Sunday School, in a little mission church in Chatham, Kent. As such, the need to love and disciple children has always been close to her heart.

While a teenager at WEC Camps, she received a call to serve the Lord overseas. After working as an Infants Teacher for five years, Jo trained at Bible School, learned French and linguistics, then went to Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Her calling is “to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up” Eph 4:11. After learning the Lobire language, God led her into the ministry of training Sunday School teachers and preparing teaching materials. Jo was particularly involved in improving literacy and training literacy workers. The church needed trained pastors so this became her main ministry.

After 22 years in Burkina Jo was called by God to return to UK in 1992.  She then worked in Worthing helping to prepare and send out Bientot, a gospel paper sent out free to French speaking parts of the world.
Nick   Nick White
Nick is a father of three and, together with his wife Sue, has played a major role in leading, playing and training others in the development of music and worship at Opengate. He has a particular interest in the prophetic and has developed a passion for the clear, incisive Word of God to penetrate lives and “separate bone from marrow” in the souls of believers.

Working for a local multi-academy trust is a rewarding but challenging job, and Nick has one beady eye on early retirement.  After a long and unremarkable career in local football he has started taking life easy(er) enjoying a bit of cycling and dog-walking. Nick is thoroughly enjoying the joys of grand parenting and loves to travel. Nick and Sue have been known to 'trip the light fantastic' across the ballroom dance floor! 

IMG6243   Alister Williams
Alister has attended Opengate Church for 16 years and married his wife Abi there 14 years ago. They live in Bognor with their 2 children.
For the last 20 years Alister has managed a set of Barristers Chambers’ based locally in Chichester and Southampton.
At Church he works with our Youth on Sunday mornings and Friday nights and has made several missions trips to Romania. This summer he spent 2 weeks with his family on a mission trip to Durban and Port Shepstone in South Africa.
He is extremely keen for young people to have an active, questioning and independent Faith. He believes that we should be inquisitive and curious about the Gospel message and encourages all to reflect on who we are and why we are here on Earth.
Tom   In memoriam - Tom Mills
We treasure the memory of Tom, who led the worship team here for many years and joined the church leadership team in 2017. A professional musician, producer and mentor of songwriters and artists across the country, Tom's impact as a visionary, prophet, worship leader, friend, father, husband, brother and son, and all-round brilliant human being is impossible to calculate. 

His music is now in a heavenly key; the song sublime beyond the grasp of human imagination. Until the day when we will join him in that music, we give heartfelt thanks for the life of Tom Mills.

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