Meet the staff team and pastoral coordinators at Whetstone Baptist Church

Senior Minister

Rev. Phil Robinson

Phil Robinson

Phil is a highly experienced and gifted church leader, who came to be senior minister at Whetstone in March 2019. After living in London for many years, he's really appreciating the beauty of the Leicestershire countryside, and is enjoying living here.


Phil comes from Plymouth originally, and became a Christian as a teenager. 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. Following that he trained at Spurgeons College, graduating in 1986.

Associate Minister

Rev. Nick Swanson

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 Minister

Rev. Pam Bryan

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.

Church office

Red brick house
Church office is our 'old manse' at 2 King Street

Julie in the office can help you:

  • with administration needs related to caring for our fellowship
  • to contact a ministry leader or minister
  • or simply to answer your question about Whetstone Baptist Church.

Call Julie on 0116 286 3145

Pastoral coordinators

Our three pastoral coordinators
Left to right; Margaret, Mike, Angela

Available 24/7 on the WBC pastoral helpline:

  • offering help and advice to small group pastoral leaders
  • arranging support in all pastoral situations
  • connecting you with specialist pastoral volunteers
  • liaising with the prayer circle and the pastors
  • providing a listening ear.

The pastoral helpline number is published on the church notice sheets and leaflets.

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.

Page last updated: 19 June 2020