Meet our staff team, our Church Leadership Team (CLT) and building project team

Julie (left) and Diane who staff the church office Monday to Friday, 9.00am-3.30pm

Julie and Diane, who staff the WBC office

To be appointed

Senior Pastor


Our previous senior pastor, Rev Mark Clay, took up a new role as Regional Minister in September 2016. We have begun the process of appointing a new senior pastor.


The link below gives an overview of the church and the type of person we are looking for.


Whetstone Baptist Church profile Feb 2017
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Rev. Nick Swanson

Associate Pastor

Rev. Nick Swanson 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.

Nicola Foster

Children and Families Worker

Nicola is our Children and Families' Worker. Nicola has a Bachelor of Theology in Mission degree, specialising in children’s work and missional effectiveness. She was on placement at WBC during her degree. Nicola also spent six months in India with BMS World Mission.


Nicola is responsible for all our children's and families' programmes. Nicola is also very creative, and in her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts, baking, and reading.

Church Leadership Team (CLT)

To contact any of our CLT, please get in touch with the church office on 0116 286 3145

Sarah Bywater

Church Secretary

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.

To get in touch with Sarah, please contact the church office or send her an email.

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.

To get in touch with Denise, please contact the church office.

Fiona Bedford

Fiona has been involved in youth work, small groups and the safeguarding team. Fiona is also the manager of the local Homestart Scheme - an organisation that supports 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

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. Hugo is married to Kate and they have three children.

Pam Bryan

Pam is single and a retired baptist minister, who worked in DR Congo and in churches mainly in London. She moved back to Leicester to be near to her family, and in retirement she 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.

Alex Clayton

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

John has been coming to WBC for many years since bringing his boys to Sunday school here. He’s currently involved with our Christianity Explored 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

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 love 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

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

New church building team

Dr. Chris Hanning

WBC Design Company Secretary

Chris also served as Church Secretary for 26 years until March 2018. Chris is a retired doctor who enjoys playing golf, baking bread and keeping chickens. He is married to Margaret and they have three grown-up children.

Gareth Share

Building Project Architect

Gareth has been involved in many ways in church life over the years and as the architect of our new church building he is heavily involved in the project. Gareth occasionally plays drums in one of the worship groups. Gareth is married to Sarah and they have three daughters. He enjoys cycling.


Page last updated: 30 April 2018