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. Craig thinks he has the best job in the world and 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.



Rachael Kelland

Church Worker - Children
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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
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Josh is part of our Leadership Team and is also employed part time as a Church Worker – Worship, with specific responsibilities for leading our team of singers and musicians. A talented musician himself, Josh helps in leading our Sunday morning worship times. A registered Nurse for 5 years, Josh also continues to work part time within the nursing profession.

Joanna Aydin

Church Worker - Connect

Joanna is responsible for the critical areas of newcomers and small groups within our Church family. She brings to this role her passion, drive and desire to see people connect with God and each other in true and thriving relationships.

Gordon Thomas

Church Worker - Facilities & Mission

Gordon is responsible for all things ‘facilities’ – looking after our grounds and buildings so that they are useful in mission. He will be active in equipping and enthusing us all in mission to our town and to our world.

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