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.

CLT elections 2019

Each CLT member serves for a maximum of six years in two three-year terms. Each year at our AGM the members elect the new group of leaders. This year there are six places for new CLT team members who will take over responsibility for such diverse areas as young church, buildings & facilities and mission.

Find out about the current team, their roles and interests.

Sarah Bywater

Church Secretary Communications

Sarah is standing for a second three-year term. She is also standing as 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.

Denise Burley

Church Treasurer

Denise is staying in post

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 come to the end of the maximum term of 6 years. She will therefore stand down from CLT

Fiona will continue to be one of our Designated Persons for Safeguarding after she steps down from CLT. Fiona has also been involved in work with young people and small groups. 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 has come to the end of his 3-year term and has chosen to stand down

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.

Alex Clayton

Young church

Alex has come to the end of the maximum term of 6 years. He will therefore stand down from CLT

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 is staying in post

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 is staying in post

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 has come to the end of his 3-year term and has chosen to stand down

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 is standing for a second 3-year term

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 is staying in post

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: 2 February 2019