The church is led by a leadership made up of Ministry Team members who work full or part-time for the church and in the community, and also ‘deacons’. This title is found in the Bible to describe those that helped lead early churches – and its literal translation is, ‘one who serves’. We’re here to serve others.


simon_robinson Lead Minister – Simon Robinson – Arriving August 2016

Simon has been in Ministry since 1988 and has had Pastorates in Great Wakering, Essex, Portsmouth and Chesterfield. He trained for ministry at St John’s College Nottingham and holds a Bachelor of Theology degree and an MA in The Theology of Ministry and Mission. He is the author of eight books including ‘Improving your Quiet Time’ and ‘Growing for God’. Before coming to WRBC Simon was a Chaplain to the Police in Derbyshire and Co-ordinator for Redeeming our Communities in Derbyshire. He is married to Hazel and they have two grown up sons and three grandchildren. Simon enjoys listening to Indie, Electronic and Progressive music; especially on Vinyl! He also plays classical guitar. He is passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with God and equipping the local church to transform the community.



Children & Family Worker – Sally Newsome

Sally has been the Children and Family worker since 2007. ‘I love the role and the opportunity it brings to connect with so many people in the community and church.’  Sally’s heart is to see people of all ages grasp that they are special to God and have a value and purpose in Him. She is passionate about caring for and supporting families. Sally is married to Bob and has 3 daughters. With busy family life Sally has lots of hobbies on the ‘back burner’ – writing and painting are those things she will get around to one day! However she does love reading and saves books through the year to read in the holidays.



Youth Worker – Liam O’kane 

We Wlcome Liam to the Ministry Team here at WRBC.  Bio to follow…watch this space!



WRBC Administrator – Helen Branson

Hello, I’m Helen and the Church Administrator at Watnall Road Baptist Church. I joined the staff team in November 2013. Until now I have been involved in administration in the charity sector, and most recently looking after a school’s computer system. I have two young and energetic sons, Jack & Liam. I have taken this role because I want to serve and help the church to run smoothly. I also love meeting and helping people, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you feel I can help with any enquiry.