In June 1999 the church called John Hebblethwaite to be our pastor and a full time elder. John was born in Nottingham and lived most of his early years with his family in Sutton Bonington, during which time he attended the Primary School and then Harry Carlton Secondary School (now East Leake Academy) in East Leake.
John came to a living faith in Christ under the ministry of the previous pastor and was baptised shortly before leaving to live in Nottingham (1989-1992) whilst studying for a Chemistry degree at Nottingham University. After a year out to travel around the world, John came back to Sutton Bonington, living in Charnwood Fields whilst studying for a PhD in Applied Biochemistry and Food Science.
In 1996 John went to spend two years in theological training and church work in Cambridgeshire, studying on the trainee programme at Eden Baptist Church. During that time he worked with Over Baptist Church. It was there that he met his wife Katharine and they were married in Over in 1998.
John and Katharine then came to Sutton Bonington and shortly afterwards John began work with the church here. Katharine works as a Tax consultant in the East Midlands office of an international firm of accountants. John and Katharine have two young children.
John is responsible for leading the church with a team of experienced elders. He has three primary areas of ministry: teaching, pastoral care and evangelism. John’s vision is to help build a diverse church united by the common desire for the love of Christ to be made known and experienced through the work of the Holy Spirit. He is committed to letting the Bible speak, seeking to demonstrate the relevance of God’s word for today’s church and society.