Yeats & Roadsign
Cartron (3 of 4)reduced
Sligo looking to Donegal hills

Our Approach

Christian religion takes many forms. Some approaches emphasize the ethereal and others the formal. Some pursue spiritual feelings and others the practices of time-honoured tradition.

At Sligo Baptist, we believe that everybody should have a personal and living faith in Jesus as described in the Bible. We believe everyone can experience a new spiritual life through Jesus and that those who do will be changed by his Holy Spirit. We believe that every Christian can follow Jesus today.

So the things we do together as a church (our worship, our deepening friendships, and our reaching out) are simply the ways we live out these beliefs.

Our Story

In 1968, Alan and Margaret Barker moved from England to Sligo together with their three children believing God had called them to work in the West of Ireland. They founded Sligo Baptist Church in 1977 in the converted garage of their home at Cartron Hill.

Growing up in the Baptist Church, Margaret's granddaughter remembers the Sunday worship services, "On some Sundays, you could smell the roast dinner through the door of the church because Granny was already preparing the meal."

Fifteen years later, the Church moved to new premises at Cartron Village. Pastor Barker died in 1997, but the church has continued under the leadership of clergy, lay volunteers, and international missionaries.

Meet the Team

God has been building at Sligo Baptist Church a skilled Christian leadership team for the various aspects of ministry in Sligo town and the surrounding region.

Kirk and Sandolin Poth

Kirk & Sandlin Poth

Lead Pastor, shepherding, evangelism, children & women's ministry

Growing up in the American southwest, the Poths are used to hot, dry and bright weather. But God guided them to Ireland where they have been serving him since 2009.
What brought them to cool, wet Sligo? That's a modern faith story worth hearing!

famil 2017 autumn

Matt & Jules Tuttlebee

Teaching, Music, & Technology

with additional responsibilities of evangelism and discipleship in Bundoran, Kinlough, and Ballyshannon

Matt and Jules relocated to Sligo with their four children from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary where they helped start a church in an egg hatchery.
How did they hatch the plan to do that? That's a modern faith story worth hearing!

Check out Matt's blog based on Spiritual Parrallel's to the Wild Atlantic Way!


Mike & Ramel Wilson

Teaching, Music,
& Women's Ministry

with additional responsibilities of evangelism and discipleship in south County Sligo

Mike has had a preaching ministry on four continents. And both he and Ramel have spent a lot of time in police stations.
What led them to such dramatic life experiences? That's a modern faith story worth hearing!


Matthew & Pam Boardwell

Teaching, Music, & Children's Ministry

with additional responsibilities of evangelism and discipleship in Manorhamilton & north County Leitrim

While raising nine children, Matthew and Pam have never been closer than 1750 kilometers from their extended families.
What would cause them to serve God so far from loved ones? That's a modern faith story worth hearing!

Want to swap stories?

These families have powerful stories of following Jesus in today's world.
We look forward to hearing yours.