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.

Find out about the Church Leadership Team, their roles and interests.

Sarah Bywater

Sarah Bywater

Church Secretary, Communications

Sarah was first appointed as Church secretary in 2018. She works as a communications officer for Leicester City Council, and was a teacher previously. She has been involved at the church ever since coming along to children's clubs as a child, and is still involved in the children's work. Sarah is married and has one grown-up son.

Denise Burley

Denise Burley

Church Treasurer

Denise was first 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.

Charlotte Bodsworth

Charlotte Bodsworth

Young Church

Charlotte works in a secondary school in Leicester and has been a church member for 16 years. Charlotte has always had a heart for young people and families, serving in many areas including the marriage course, a post-Alpha small group and helping to lead women's events. Charlotte is married to Andy and they have one young child.

Laurence Bagley

Laurence Bagley

Welcome & hospitality

Fabric & maintenance

Laurence began coming to the church in 2002, and was baptised and became a member soon after. Laurence is a chartered accountant and finance director in his working life. Within the church Laurence has held many roles in the past. He currently looks after the welcome and catering teams and deals with many practical jobs. Laurence and his wife Sarah run our Contact the Elderly initiative.

John Denney with 'The Thinker' bronze sculpture

John Denney

Data protection

Pre-School governance

John has been coming to WBC for many years since bringing his boys to Sunday school here. John is the Responsible Authorised Person for registering marriages within the church. John is the Chair of the pre-school committee and every Christmas he plays a leading role at the Ducklings and Pre-School parties (guess what that is!). 

John's 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 Hewerdine

Office Manager

Local & overseas mission

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.

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.

Tristan is a talented drummer and plays in our various worship groups. He is married to Sally and has a young daughter.

Philippe Ndabananiye

Philippe Ndabananiye

Special projects

WBC has been Philippe's spiritual home since the age of five. He committed his life to Christ at 15, was baptised at 17 and joined the membership. Philippe has served the church in leadership roles in many ways.

Philippe works for Arab World Ministries, and has served locally and overseas on short-term mission trips. He is married to Elspeth and they have two young daughters.

Mick Smith

Special projects

Mick has been a member of WBC since 2014. Before retirement, he worked as a legal executive.

Mick serves WBC on the board of the Design Company for the new building, and is a member of the finance team and welcome team. Mick was part of the mission insight team which visited Albania in 2019. He is married to Maxine and has four adult step children.

Joy Wright

Corporate prayer

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. Joy initiates many of our prayer events, such as the Whetstone prayer walks and our Living Streets prayers for our community. She is married and has three grown-up children.

Page last updated: 15 November 2020