Leadership Team


John HebblethwaiteJohn Hebblethwaite – Pastor

A long term resident of SB, passionate about working for the good and the blessing of the local community. Responsible for teaching, pastoral care and ministry in the community. Supports his local sports teams Nottingham Forest and Nott’s Outlaws, and is bringing his boys up to do the same.

John has been the church’s pastor since 2000. Pastor’s profile




Brian Beach

Over 30 years in petroleum distribution and still going. Married to Philippa with three older children and lives in SB. Passion for things that keep me young – Youth work, exercise, Leicester City, loud music and the occasional beer. Trying desperately not to grow up too soon.

Brian is the Church Secretary, Youth Leader and a deacon.


Beth Cumming

Beth Cumming

Married to Iain, with three adult children and four grandchildren. Recently retired; worked as a social worker with children, most recently in adoption. Loves gardening, reading and people – especially small ones – in equal measure.  Came to faith at 18 after being jilted by a boyfriend.

Beth is the church’s ‘Safe Kids Coordinator’ and a deacon.



Iain CummingIain Cumming

Married to Beth. Now runs a small engineering company after previously lecturing at Loughborough University. Likes playing his violin, often has his nose in a book, and gardens. Enjoys visiting people and teaching the Bible to children and adults. His Christian faith became real in his teens.

Iain is one of the deacons.



Karen Gray


Karen Gray

After a wandering childhood (West Indies/Southern Africa/North Wales/France), ended up in SB and has rooted in here over 25 years. Favourite description of her work role: ‘leader of the little green people’ (thanks to a London policeman – far more exciting description than ‘Year 6 teacher’). Loves reading, especially books about the challenge of living out faith in a messy world.

Karen is one of the deacons and is involved with our ministry to home students.

Alex IsonAlex Ison

Lived overseas for a good part of his married life. Moved  to the area in 2003 (with wife Helen and two children, now grown up) and found a warm welcome at SB Baptist Church.  Now works as a project manager overseeing construction projects in the electricity industry. Spare time often devoted to walking, folk music or good restaurants.

Alex is one of the church elders.



Sarah Johns

Having studied Animal Science on the Sutton Bonington Campus, Sarah decided to stick around after graduating, and works as a Project Manager for a technology company in Nottingham. She loves escaping the office, travelling and getting outside – dabbling in triathlon, and going on bike rides with fellow SBBC members. She loves working with the youth, and helping them navigate through teenage life and grow as disciples of Jesus.

Sarah is one of the deacons.


John Owens

John is a retired teacher. He is married to Val, the International Chaplain at the SB Campus. John assists in running a Globe Café, and a weekly Bible study for international students. As well as this, offering hospitality, helping arrange social events and being the church treasurer keep him busy. In between he enjoys preaching, cycling, walking, cooking and baking, all kinds of practical work, travelling and spending time with the grandchildren.

John is the Church Treasurer and a deacon.


Roy Miller

Roy Miller

Roy is married to Mu and is a truly valued member of our church.

Roy is one of the deacons.




David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Prior to taking early retirement, worked in the building materials industry for 40 years. Enjoyed the cross cultural interactions in his job and is now involved with International students in SB and loves the rich diversity of these very gifted young people. Now has time for his allotment and cycling, as well as enjoying time with people here and further afield.

David is one of the church elders.