Data Protection

In line with current Data Protection / GDPR legislation that covers the UK, Bethel Baptist Church has adopted a Data Protection Policy which governs our handling of all personal information. Graham Steel acts as “Data Protection Trustee” for the church, and is responsible for ensuring that the church complies with current Data Protection legislation.

Sometimes, members of the church will use personal data on the basis of “legitimate purpose”: for example, if you visit our church, the pastor or another member may visit you or phone you to enquire of your welfare, because that is part of the pastoral duty of the church.

However, for the most part, the church will only use your personal data (be it contact details, or pictures in which you appear) if you have given consent. To benefit most from your association with Bethel Baptist Church, you are invited to complete a contact details and consent form, and to return it to the church. When completing the form, you should only grant consent where you are happy for your information to be used in the specified way.

You can print the form and complete it by hand, or some PDF tools will enable you to complete the form on a computer. Please return the form to the church.

Privacy Notice

The following is the privacy notice as you will see it on the Bethel Members Contact and Consent form and states how the church will use details that you provide on the form. When appropriate, the church will publish additional privacy notices for specific purposes.

Under Data Protection legislation the Pastor and Elders of Bethel Baptist Church are the Data Controller and can be contacted by ringing 07867 687510 or emailing

We are collecting this information to enable the church to keep in touch with you and provide pastoral support as appropriate.

Data Protection legislation allows us to process this information as we regard it as being in the church’s legitimate interest.

Your name and contact details will be held by our Church Secretary, and on the church office computer which is password protected and accessed only by the Pastor, Church Secretary and computer administrators (normally the Elders).  Your contact details will be removed from the computer once you are no longer a member of the church – unless you ask to remain as one of our “church friends”.

To enable us to provide adequate pastoral support to you and your family, the Pastor or one of the Elders may record information which may be regarded as sensitive. This information will be stored (password protected) on the church computer but the password will only be known by the Pastor and computer administrators. This information will NOT be disclosed to anyone else without your consent.

You have the right to ask to see any information we hold about you (including the pastoral support information) by submitting a ‘Subject Access Request’ to the Church Secretary. You also have the right to ask for information which you believe to be incorrect to be rectified.

If you are concerned about the way your information is being handled please speak to our Data Protection Trustee. If you are still unhappy you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office.