Leadership & Staff Teams

Craig Hopkins

Lead Pastor
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Craig has been the Lead Pastor of our Church since 2015. He is married to Leanne and they have three daughters. Craig is passionate about this local Church and is committed to its mission in the County of Bridgend. He has the ‘best job in the world!’ Alongside his local responsibilities, Craig overseas leadership teams and churches throughout the UK and is a member of the Apostolic Church UK’s National Leadership Team.

David Dando


David is our 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, regularly teaching the Bible amongst various Churches throughout the UK. David is married to Joanne.



Rachael Kelland

Church Worker - Children
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A qualified primary school teacher, Rachael overseas the brilliant work of TabKids: our children activities. Rachael has been on our staff team, on a part time basis, since 2015.  Creative and fun loving, Rachael oversees our amazing team of enthusiastic volunteers who serve the youngest members of our Church family. Rachael is married to Gareth and they have one young son.

Joshua Hawker

Church Worker - Worship
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Josh serves as part of the Leadership Team at Brackla Tabernacle and is employed on a part time basis with the specific responsibilities for leading our team of volunteer singers and musicians. As well as being a talented musician, playing multiple instruments, Josh is a registered Nurse of 7 years and serves the most vulnerable in our community within our local NHS.

Joanna Aydin

Church Worker - Connect

Joanne is passionate about strengthening Church family; connecting people with God and the flourishing of meaningful relationships with others. She is responsible for the critical areas of Newcomers and Small Groups and works diligently with a dedicated team of volunteers to ensure that Brackla Tabernacle is a community where everyone belongs and can flourish. Joanne is married to Selim and they have a young son and baby daughter.

Gordon Thomas

Church Worker - Facilities & Mission

Having served for over 30 years in the Fire Service, Gordon joined our staff team in 2019. As well as being responsible for all things related to our physical facilities, ensuring their effective and safe use for mission, Gordon is passionate about evangelism and the equipping of the local church to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to our town, county and beyond.

Leadership Team

 Our Church is led by a gifted team of brilliant people, each dedicated to the glory of God, mission of the Church and the flourishing of community