Leadership Team

John Hebblethwaite

John 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

Helen Ison – Families’ worker

Worked overseas with her husband Alex and two (now adult) children. On her return, worked as a teacher, completed more Pastoral studies and, more latterly, is employed as the church Families’ Worker. Enjoys music and worship leading, walking, good food and being a grandparent. She also volunteers as a children and families’ chaplain at a local hospital.

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.

Karen Gray

Karen Gray

After a wandering childhood (West Indies/Southern Africa/North Wales/France), Karen ended up in SB and has rooted in here over the past 25 years. She is currently doing a degree in Theology at St Mellitus College. Loves reading, especially books about the challenge of living out faith in a messy world.

Karen and her husband, David, are involved with our ministry to home students and host the student life group in their home on Sunday evenings.

Alex Ison

Alex Ison

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

Alex is one of the church elders.

Sarah Johns

Sarah studied Animal Science on the Sutton Bonington Campus of the University of Nottingham and now works as a Project Manager for a technology company in Nottingham. She enjoys escaping the office, travelling and getting outside – dabbling in triathlon, and going on bike rides (for coffee and cake) 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.

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.