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?


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.
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.
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.