Meet our staff team and Church Leadership Team (CLT)

Church Office Team

Julie (left) and Diane

Julie or Diane in the office can help you:

  • sign up for an event
  • book a room
  • contact a ministry leader
  • arrange pastoral support
  • or simply answer your question about Whetstone Baptist Church.

Church office 0116 286 3145

Associate Pastor

Rev. Nick Swanson

Nick graduated from Spurgeons College in 1994 and came to Whetstone in 2006, having faithfully served God at a Baptist church in Suffolk for 12 years, following his career in the Royal Air Force.


Nick is primarily responsible for discipleship and faith development here at Whetstone.


Nick is married to Sue and they have two grown-up children, Hannah and Ben and granddaughter Isla Marie. Nick loves walking in the Peak District, playing chess, spending time with the family, and (despite the ribbing he gets) supports Nottingham Forest.

Community Pastor

Rev. Pam Bryan

Pam is a very experienced  Baptist minister having worked worked in DR Congo and in a number of churches from London to Leicester.


After retiring Pam became a member of Whetstone Baptist Church. However she's been called to become a pastor here, which means she now gives part of her week to developing our work in the community and as a chaplain to local businesses.


Pam loves walking and is learning to swim properly. Her passion is to take the Kingdom of God into the community. She believes that we need to be doing this creatively and relevantly, in a way that meets felt needs.

Rev. Phil Robinson will become our senior pastor at his Induction on 26 January 2019, and will begin in post in March.


Phil is a highly experienced and gifted church leader, having been a minister at three churches since graduating from Spurgeons College in 1986.


Phil comes from Plymouth originally, and became a Christian as a teenager. He says his interest in buildings might have led him into architecture, but he felt a calling to Christian ministry instead and went to study theology and history in Birmingham.

Church Leadership Team (CLT)

Each leader is responsible for one or more areas of church life. Their role is to encourage, envision, value and support the ministry leaders and teams in our church.

Sarah Bywater

Church Secretary Communications

Sarah was appointed as Church secretary in 2018. She works as a communications officer for Leicester City Council, and was a teacher previously. She has been in fellowship at the church since coming along to children's clubs as a child. Sarah also serves in Kid's Church. Sarah is married to Cliff and they have one grown-up son.

Denise Burley

Church Treasurer

Denise was appointed as Church Treasurer in 2015. She works as an accountant in Leicester for a five-partner firm and likes to think she can bust some of the myths about accountants. Her full-time job brings many skills which are useful in leadership and also for being treasurer. Denise is also active in the worship teams, and can often be seen signing to the songs. She is married to Neil.

Fiona Bedford


Young people's ministries

Fiona has been involved in youth work, small groups and the safeguarding team. Fiona was also the manager of the local Homestart Scheme - an organisation to support families with preschool children. Fiona is married to Dave, and they have four grown-up children. She loves travel, photography, and trying to grow vegetables.

Hugo Bryan

Local and overseas mission

Hugo grew up in a Christian home and was confirmed at 14, coming to a fuller understanding of God's grace and being baptised when he was 19. He has led Christian unions at school and university and served in various roles at Baptist churches in Worcester, France, Ross-on-Wye and now at Whetstone. He is currently one of our small group leaders and involved in the Alpha course. Hugo is married to Kate and they have three children.

Alex Clayton

Young church

Alex has been a worship leader and small group leader at Whetstone for many years, and has been involved in a number of other ministries as well. Alex is married to Julie and they have two boys, Harry and Robert. Alex enjoys music, playing squash and chess.

John Denney

Data protection

Alpha course

John has been coming to WBC for many years since bringing his boys to Sunday school here. He’s currently involved with our Alpha course. John is the Responsible Authorised Person for registering marriages within the church. Every Christmas he plays a leading role at the Ducklings and Pre-School parties (guess what that is!). 

His interests include his family, sporadic attempts to learn Japanese, cooking and writing books. John is married to Val who edits our In Touch magazine.

Alan Hewerdine

Office manager

New building funding applications

Alan has been at WBC for over 20 years, since coming to Leicester when he worked with Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). He's served the church in various roles. His big passions are mission and discipleship, including encouraging Christian giving. Alan is a trustee and volunteer at a community library. He loves most sports (watching these days), puzzles, reading and DIY.

Alan is married to Judy and they have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Jon King

Buildings & facilities

Jon's journey of faith started at a Crusader class at the age of 12, and at 22 he was baptised at WBC. He has served the church in various roles, including youth group, Sunday school, Holiday Bible Club, small groups, manager of the church football team and latterly is one of the PA team making sure we can hear everything during the services. He is married to Michelle.

Tristan Owen


Tristan has always been at WBC, experiencing all the children's and youth groups, then the Alpha Course at 14 before experiencing God's leading into many faith-challenging and faith-building situations. He is a talented drummer and plays in our various worship groups. He is married to Sally and has one daughter.

Joy Wright


Joy has been at WBC for over 30 years, first attending the Young People's Fellowship before being baptised and accepted into membership a few years later. She has been a Sunday school teacher, a creche leader and part of the mission action team prior to her appointment to the leadership team. She is the Prayer lead for the church. She is married to Kev and has three grown-up children

To speak to any of the leaders please contact the church office on 0116 286 3145


Page last updated: 29 Nov 2018