Who’s Who


Ultimately, the Church is under the leadership of Christ. The Church meeting is charged with discerning His will and implementing it by delegating the spiritual leadership into the hands of the Pastor/Elder and practical tasks into the hands of the Deacons, who together serve as trustees.

Church Trustees


Pastor / Elder

Alex Samy became a Christian in 2001 and has been at Edward Road since 2005, initially called as a Student Pastor, then as a Senior Pastor since 2008. He feels passionate about encouraging the vibrant, ethnically diverse congregation to live as a Gospel-centred family, caring for one another and witnessing for God to the local, multi-cultural community. Married to Helen with four kids, he enjoys eating, cooking, baking, barbecuing, entertaining… did we mention eating?


Thelma Balfour is a retired Theatre Nurse. She and her Husband Burt moved to the the Uk in the 1960’s, initially living in London and then moved to Birmingham. She has served as a deacon and a church secretary on-and-off for over 15 years. Blessed with a pastoral heart, a beautiful singing voice and a gift of hospitality, Thelma has headed the church’s pastoral care team, the church coir as well as the church hospitality team, while looking after her own family and half of the community of Balsall Heath.

Blessed, baptised and married at Edward Road, Katrina Matthews-Boulton has been a volunteer at Edward Road in Sunday school and in youth clubs for over a decade. Today, she is more familiar than anyone about what it’s like to grow up as part of this church family. Now heading the Youth Ministry, she is able to bring the leadership team indispensable insight into the needs of the young people at Edward Road. Katrina is a trained Counsellor, with a Christian element. Along with her husband, Luke, who is also a qualified Christian Youth worker, she leads worship at Edward Road, leads a housegroup attended by most of the young adults and works full-time for the Hall Green Churches as a schools and community based youth worker.
Betty Milton served as a missionary with OMF in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She continues to serve with OMF’s Diaspora Ministries here in the UK. Born and brought up in Fulham, she came to faith in her teens after attending Girls Brigade at her local Baptist Church. Betty has been in leadership since 2006 and continues to reach out to Chinese students through OMF whenever the opportunity arises. Betty is a fluent Mandarin speaker but can manage to understand Eastenders in English just as easily.
Samson Park was born and raised in a Christian home in South Korea, and came to faith when he was eleven years old. He finished Bible College in South Korea before going out as a missionary with WEC – first in Jordan for five years and then here at Edward Road since 2010.
Samson is a qualified Taekwondo Master, and has headed the highly active sports ministry at Edward Road for over eight years. Now Samson leads the Mission ministry, leads worship and preaches regularly at Edward Road and other neighbouring churches.
Samson is married to Rani and is father to four wonderful children, two now at university and two still at school.
Eric Pennington is a proud Northerner. He and his wife, Sheila, came to Edward Road as medical students, married in the Church and have served God faithfully among us ever since. Father of two and now a grandfather, he is enjoying the freedom of retirement after years as a local GP. Eric has served as the Church treasurer since 1996 – first serving as treasurer and Deacon for many years and more recently as treasurer and trustee since 2006. He is a classic car buff and owns a magnificent Citroen Traction Avant.
Sheila Pennington was born and raised in Birmingham and has been at Edward Road with her husband, Eric, since she was a Medical Student. Still working as a GP. she manages to give a great deal of her time to serving at church. She leads the Fabric Ministry, is our Designated Person For Safeguarding, looks after the gift aid and still manages to reader,  knitter, garden, watch birds and exercise. Sheila is currently hooked on exercising with Joe Wicks whenever she can’t get out to play Badminton with Eric.
Mike Peart was born and grew up four miles away from Edward Road, in delightful Harborne. Having gone out to Botswana to change the world as an agnostic, young, hippy, folk-guitar playing, engineering graduate, he realised that he couldn’t resist God forever, as God gradually answered his questions and took away his lingering doubts. Returning back home to Birmingham in 2001, he soon joined Edward Road and began serving as a Deacon. After a ten year break, Mike rejoined the leadership team in 2016 soon after marrying Grace. He is now father of little Benjamin, born just under a year later! Mike leads the Church Worship Team, is the Housegroup Co-ordinator, along with his wife Grace, and is pretty handy up a ladder.