Tough Talk to appear at Middleton Park Baptist Church

You don’t usually expect to find night club security men in a church. But the leaders of Middleton Park Baptist church think otherwise.

“That’s exactly who Jesus would talk to!” they say “ because he was always looking out for the people on the edges in need of hope.”

So they have invited Tough Talk a group of men who used to work as bouncers in East End night clubs to come and talk about their lives, their powerlifting, faith and what gives them inner strength. They usually spend their time touring prisons and gyms round the country but  have agreed to stop off for an event in Middleton.

It’s part of a wellbeing initiative by the leaders of the church that has included a lockdown art exhibition, women’s and men’s groups, a warm space and a regular Family Fun and Food project. The community pastor said:

“We know that many people in our community are hurting right now and we wanted to have something that would be interesting and fun but at the same time would give a message of hope. We felt this was something special because not only can they flex some muscles but they have an incredible story to tell.”

Tough Talk will be appearing at Middleton Park Baptist Church, Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 4HT at 6pm on Sunday 26 February 2023.

Everyone is welcome and the event is free but for more details email


This post was written by Alison Wain

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