Leadership Team

Forefront, in common with many churches whose origins are in the Brethren tradition, understands church leadership to be plural. We recognise leaders in various ministries, according to their gifts and calling, and most of the week-to-week work in Forefront . Our Trustees ensure we fulfil our responsibilities for staff, property and financial accountability. The Forefront Leadership Team provide spiritual oversight and direction. In alphabetical order, they are:

David Burfield

DavidDavid was born in London in 1946 and came to faith in Christ aged 13 at a school camp.
He earned a PhD in Polymer Science at Manchester, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Studies.
He spent 17 years teaching and researching at University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, and helped to plant and lead a Methodist House Church there. After that, he spent 16 years teaching in Bible College in Malaysia, while also preaching, leading worship and in church administration. He was actively involved in Malay-speaking indigenous churches in Sabah but still found time to author three books in Malay.
On return to the UK in 2012 he joined Forefront, and was soon invited to join the Leadership Team.
He is married to Rhona; together they have three adult children.

Ben Grave

benBen is the youngest son of a multi-generational Forefront family. He gave his life to Christ in his teens, reaffirmed that commitment later and was baptised in 2011.
Ben has had a varied business life in the town and region, including eight years as Marketing Executive for the family business, Impey UK, which was sold in 2010. Ben manages a property development company with his father.
Ben is involved in Forefront Community Centre's social, mentoring and support projects. In particular he leads the WorkLife employment club.
He enjoys reading, action films, clay pigeon shooting, golf, walking, music and gardening.
Ben is married to Becky and they have one daughter, Lydia.

Nigel Marsh

Marsh HSh_Magway 2015_462x462Born in 1964 oop north, Nigel became a Christian aged 19 after God physically healed him in response to prayer.
He began his career in journalism with seven years with the Western Gazette and Pulmans Weekly News, (and later the Chard and Ilminster News) before joining missionary organisation YWAM and spending seven years with them in Uganda. He went to post-genocide Rwanda with World Vision in 1996 and remained employed by them in Africa and the Middle East before returning to the UK in 2010, where he works in WV's International President’s office.
Nigel joined Forefront Community Church in 2010 and the leadership team in 2012.
He enjoys reading, writing, travel and board games.
Nigel married Jane in 1992, in Uganda. They have three children - Joel, Anisa and Kira.

Christine Smith

ChristineBorn in 1979 as eldest of four children, Christine has lived in various different places in the UK, as well as overseas in Beijing, China where she taught English for 18 months.
She became a Christian as a teenager and loves being part of the international church family.
She first came to Chard in 2008 as an intern with Forefront and is now our full-time administrator and coordinator of pastoral care.
Christine became part of the leadership team at Forefront in 2012.
She enjoys pleasant views, being by the sea, spaghetti bolognese, watching films and playing football for her team, Winsham United FC.