History

The church started in 1981, after the refurbishment of what used to be Wilton Town Hall. From the group of 30 that started the church, we now regularly have 50+ people of all ages worshipping on a Sunday morning.  There are various activities at the church, details of which are on this website. In the past, alongside the regular events, we have also undertaken one off events such as charity car washes, Alpha courses, church weekends away, family fun days and Christmas Proms to name but a few. 

The first pastor was the Rev Oliver Vellacott who had purchased the building with a mission to serve the community in Wilton and surrounding villages. Rev Vellacott remained the pastor of the church for the next 12 years, leaving to move to Scotland in 1993.  

Rev Andrew Thomson took over as pastor in October 1994, having previously been the Pastor of Kidlington Baptist Church, Oxford. Under Andrew’s ministry, the Church continued to develop and flourish, building on the firm foundations that had been laid down from its inception. Andrew retired in April 2011.

We welcomed our current minister, Rev Jonathan Greening in April 2012, having previously been minister at Weymouth Baptist Church. Jonathan was brought up in a Christian home and felt called to serve the Lord’s people from a very young age. Leaving school at 16, he worked for over 20 years in supporting overseas missionaries through “World Outreach”. During this time, Jonathan was baptised by immersion and subsequently met and married Rachel, who tragically died several years later following a short illness. This life-changing event, together with his subsequent redundancy, led to Jonathan training for the ministry at Spurgeon’s College, while also serving three days a week in his home Church, Weymouth Baptist. During this time, he got remarried to Lesley, and they have since had two sons, Benjamin and Oliver. Graduating in 2007, Weymouth Baptist Church invited him to stay on as full-time Assistant Pastor, a position in which he served for several years before sensing the call to Wilton. He remains passionate about building up the people of God and sharing the Good News of the Gospel locally and further afield.

The Church has a love of music and today boasts a worship group that can include piano, flute, clarinet, guitars, mandolin, banjo, drums and the occasional clash of marching cymbals (which always makes somebody jump!).