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 current team, their roles and interests.

Sarah Bywater

Church Secretary, Communications

Sarah Bywater

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

Church Treasurer

Denise Burley

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

Young Church

Charlotte Bodsworth

Charlotte was appointed to the leadership team in March 2019. She works in a secondary school in Leicester. A church member for 15 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

Welcome & hospitality

Fabric & maintenance

Laurence Bagley

Laurence was appointed to the leadership team in March 2019. He 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

Data protection

Alpha course

John Denney with 'The Thinker' bronze sculpture

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

Local & overseas mission

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 most sports (watching these days), puzzles, reading and DIY.

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

Sarah Liquorish

Worship (with Tristan)

Corporate prayer (with Joy)

Sarah Liquorish

Sarah grew up at Whetstone Baptist Church, committed herself to the Lord at age 14, and has been a member of the church for over 14 years. She leads a worship team and we absolutely love her singing.

Sarah is passionate that we as a community of Christ are equipped to have a deeper relationship with our saviour, unified in servant-hearted service and Kingdom growth. Sarah is married to Jack.

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.

Philippe Ndabananiye

Special projects – currently leadership criteria consultation

Philippe Ndabananiye

WBC has been Philippe's spiritual home since he arrived at the age of 5. 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 United Arab Ministries, and has served locally and overseas on short-term mission trips. He is married to Elspeth and they have two young daughters.

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. She is the Prayer lead for the church. She is married 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: 3 Oct 2019