Pastoral Team & Staff

Craig Hopkins

Lead Pastor
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Craig is married to Leanne and they have three beautiful, young daughters. Having graduated from the University of Warwick in 2005, Craig married Leanne and moved to Bridgend to work in Local Government, before becoming a salaried Pastor at Brackla Tabernacle in 2015. He  succeeded David Wade as Senior Pastor in July 2016. Craig is passionate and excited about Brackla Tabernacle’s journey and future, and is humbled and delighted to serve it at this time in its existence.

David Dando


David is a non-salaried Pastor-Teacher at Brackla Tabernacle. Now retired, he was a Divisional Commander in South Wales Police. David is a gifted communicator and Bible-teacher and regularly preaches in Brackla Tabernacle and in various churches throughout South Wales. Married to Joanne, they have one adult son.



Stephen Dunford

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Stephen is a non-salaried Pastor serving at Brackla Tabernacle. A graduate of the Wales Evangelical School of Theology, he is married to Christine and they have two daughters and one son. As well as serving at Brackla Tabernacle he writes mobile apps, which although enjoyable does not make for interesting conversation at parties.

Rachael Kelland

Church Worker - Children

Rachael Kelland is our part time Church Worker – Children. Also working part-time as a primary school teacher, Rachael is responsible for Tab Kids and overseas our teams of dedicated volunteers who serve the youngest members of our Church family.

Joshua Hawker

Church Worker - Worship

Josh is part our Leadership Team, but also is our part time employed Church Worker with specific responsibilities for our team of singers and musicians at Church. A talented musician himself, Josh has responsibilities to help lead our Sunday morning worship time as well as functioning in the other leadership roles he occupies.

The Leadership of Brackla Tabernacle is also made up of a team of Elders