Ian White - Senior Minister
Dr Ian White (Senior Minister)
Ian joined the church at Easter 2000. He has a passion for teaching the Bible clearly and leading worship that helps us engage with God using a wide variety of music and other media.
He started his career as a mathematician gaining an honours degree and a masters from Reading University then being awarded a PhD at Swansea. His speciality was the flow of oil and water inside oil fields - an interest which he still keeps up in his spare time.
Having worked on the staff of Swansea University and then as a mathematician at British Petroleum, Ian felt called in the ministry. He left maths behind him to train at the London Bible College (now London School of Theology) where he got another degree, this time in Theology, and went to work on the staff of Purley Baptist Church.
At Purley he took on responsibility for worship, small groups and counselling and began to develop preaching and teaching ministry which has taken him to various parts of the world.
He then moved to Chichester Baptist Church, a small fellowship (then) which were seeking a new direction. During the eight years there he saw the church develop into a multi-staffed wide ranging ministry which touched many areas of the city. The development of a regular event aimed at people who were not used to coming to church (called 'First Sunday') was the catalyst from much of this growth.
In 2000 Ian left Chichester and moved to Eastbourne when he became the senior minister of Victoria.
Ian also has other interests and has been a trustee of a Bible College, the chairman of the Sussex Baptist Association and in currently vice chairman of Memralife whose conferences (Spring Harvest, Aiming 4 Excellence) and media ministry (under the ICC label) are known world-wide.
Ian is married to Ros who is also very active in the church and does her best to keep him in order. They have an adult son Christopher and who is married to Polly and they had a daughter Esther who went to heaven in 2009 when she was 22. In what spare time remains Ian is a keen photographer and very interested in the technical side of just about anything.
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