About Us

Our Pastors

Nathan Smith

Lead Pastor of Grace Church.

Nathan grew up in a Christian home and responded to the gospel at an early age. At the age of 11 his family moved to South Wales, where they became members of Christchurch. It was during his time growing up in that church that Nathan grew to more fully understand the truth of the gospel and the amazing implications for his life.

He sensed a call to pastoral ministry in his early twenties and after a period of consideration and assessment was asked by the pastors of Christchurch to attend the Sovereign Grace Pastors College, in Maryland, USA.

Nathan graduated from the Pastors College in 2001 and returned to Christchurch to undertake a church-planting internship that lasted 18 months. In September 2002, he led the church planting team to establish Grace Church.

Today, Nathan is the lead pastor, serving to lead the pastoral team and church on our mission together.  He is primarily responsible for preaching and teaching, leadership development, and the evangelistic outreach of the church.

Nathan married Clare in 2000 and they have triplet sons, two little girls and a new born son.

Peter Bowley

Pastor of Grace Church

Peter grew up in a non-Christian home in the South East and became a Christian at the age of 12 when God broke in on him and opened his eyes to the gospel.

He entered pastoral ministry in 1982, joining the team at Slough Christian Centre (formerly Gospel Tabernacle), having previously been in the rag trade, working for Ladybird Children’s Clothes.  In 1990, Peter moved his whole family to South Wales to take on a new role pastoring a church in Cardiff and in 1995 he became one of the founding pastors of Christchurch, Newport.

In 2006, by God’s good grace, Peter accepted a role as pastor at Grace Church and joined the team here. He is primarily responsible for the church’s administration and finances, overseeing the home groups and counselling.

Peter has been married to June for over 40 years. They have three married daughters and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.


Matt Chapman

Pastor of Grace Church

Matt is a UWE graduate who joined Grace Church in 2004. In 2012 he graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College and began to serve full-time on the pastoral team. He is primarily responsible for our children’s and teens’ ministries and our LIFE student & twenties group.

Matt is married to Lizzie and they have two boys and a girl.

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