David Shepherd

David is one of the Elders of the church, and has the role of Pastor, for which he is paid on a part time basis.


He is Scottish, but has lived in the Banbury area for around 37 years, having originally come for his work, as a veterinary surgeon.


He still practises part time as a vet, alongside his work in the church, and he is also studying part time for a Masters degree in Applied Theology.


He has two grown up married daughters, and a granddaughter, Emily.

When he has the opportunity, David loves sailing, skiing and hillwalking, and just generally being outside, including looking after his garden.

David will always do his best to be available for any questions you may have about the church, or more widely about faith in God, and our trust in the Lord Jesus - do get in touch through the website.

John Gardner

John is one of the elders at Southam Road Evangelical Church having been a member there since 1997.


He, and his wife Wendy, live on a farm near Shipston on Stour where John has farmed for most of his working life. They have three adult children.

Now in the building trade John enjoys walking his cocker spaniel, looking after his ducks and hens and growing vegetables.

John much prefers meeting face to face, anything to avoid sending an email!


He loves getting people together, preferably around a bonfire or BBQ.

Brice Plavonil

I was born on a little island called Martinique, located in the Caribbean sea.


No wonder how I got myself in here but surely God had a plan.


I studied in Toulouse in the South of France where I also became a true Christian. Meeting with God in my student room the night of 6th December 2013.


Since then my life was put in good order. I graduated a Master in applied Maths although today I would not be able to integrate the Logarithmic of X.


I work as a Software Engineer.


I like practicing Tennis and watching the NBA.


God blessed me with the nicest kids on this planet and also a very clever wife.