WHat does it mean to be a Christian?

Here's a link to a video by Christianity Explored, based on Two Ways to Live, which will help you understand the basis of the Christian faith.

Christianity Explored is a seven week course that explores who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him through the eyes of Mark’s gospel. The course can be run in small groups or on an individual basis. To register interest in joining a course or to receive details of when and where the next courses will run, email ce@yorkbaptist.org.uk

For more information on what it means to be a Christian please visit one of the following sites:


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We are an Evangelical Bible-believing baptist church. We are a member of the Evangelical Alliance and subscribe to its Basis of Faith.

As a Baptist Union church we actively support BMS world Mission, a Christian mission organisation, working in around 35 countries on four continents.


  1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

  2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

  3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

  4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

  5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

  6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

  7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

  8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

  9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

  10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

  11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.


We meet each Sunday at 10:45am and 6:30pm to worship God together and to hear from His word, the Bible. All are welcome whether you are a Christian or not!

We aim to worship in a lively, balanced and Biblical way, and you will find a mix of modern songs and well-loved traditional hymns. Our minister Gary brings God’s word to us each week through systematic Biblical exposition. We share communion together twice a month and welcome all who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour to take communion with us, regardless of denominational background.
We also have regular all-age worship services led by a team from the church. 

A loop system is installed for hearing-aid users on the inner banks of pews. We now have a ramp allowing wheelchair access through the main entrance and inside the church there are spaces for wheelchair users to sit with family and friends. 

Running alongside the morning service we have a staffed crèche, which allows parents to leave their children and return to the church for the rest of the service. We also have supervised activities for young people up to the age of 14, which include crèche plus for preschool children, Club Sunday for those from reception upwards and a Bible Class for teenagers. Visitors are very welcome to join these or stay with their parents throughout the service.

Meet the team

The church is led by the pastor and a team of up to nine deacons.


Gary Patchen

Gary has been our pastor since 2002. He was previously a pastor at East Kilbride, near Glasgow, and before that a travelling secretary with UCCF. He is married to Susan, and enjoys playing badminton and football in his spare time.


Matt beech

Matt is married to Claire and they have two children. He preaches regularly, teaches Sunday School and is a Volunteer Speaker for Open Doors. Matt teaches in the Department of Politics at the University of Hull.



Joe is married to Lois and they have three sons, Noah, Toby and Theo. Joe runs the York branch of Young Life (younglife.org.uk), and is involved with the annual Holiday Bible club at YBC each year. He is also responsible for the management of the church website.


Philip Callow

Philip works for the City of York Council. He coordinates the church house groups and is involved with the fabric team. He is married to Helen, and his children are Hannah and Joe.


John Green

John is married to Philippa and has four daughters. He works for the church focusing on evangelism and discipleship and also co-ordinates the youth work. He also chairs Young Life Holidays and is a trustee of Yorkshire Camps, both organisations that run Christian camps.


Phil Capon

Phil is retired with an engineering background. Married to Lyn they both serve on the Missionary Committee and the welcome team.


Chris Mayers

Chris is the Pastoral Co-ordinator at YBC and also volunteers on the Chaplaincy team at York Hospital.  She is Emeritus Professor (Occupational Therapy) at York St John University. .


Matt Rickard

Matt is married to Lara, and joined the diaconate in 2016.  He is the music coordinator at YBC. Matt regularly plays drums in one of the church music groups.


Colin Stonelake

Colin is married to Lydia and has three sons, Barnaby, Joshua and Oliver. He has worshipped at YBC since 1989. Originally an accountant by profession, Colin now works around the world as an international development consultant in fragile and conflict-affected states.  He is also Church Treasurer and a trustee of the Zambesi Mission, one of YBC's mission partners. .


Steve Wilson

Steve has recently joined the leadership team at York Baptist and has responsibility for audio/visual technology at YBC.