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Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.
Simon Hudson   Suzie Willers
Simon Hudson, Senior Pastor   Suzie Willers, Community Outreach Coordinator
Simon, his wife Lynda and their three children came to WBC in 2011 from New Park Road Baptist Church, London. Simon had previously worked as a chemistry teacher before feeling called to pastoral ministry. He trained at Spurgeon's College in London gaining an MTh degree focusing on 'eschatology' (the Christian doctrine that Jesus will physically return) for his dissertation. Simon became a Christian at the age of 5 and so is passionate about children's ministry and the simplicity of the Christian faith which is open to all.

As a minister, Simon's vision is taken from Acts 20:20 - to get the Christian message into homes on a regular basis - and so he is always willing to visit people to offer pastoral support and spiritual care. You can listen to his sermons on our resources page and, when time allows he blogs at

Simon is also passionate about football - playing, coaching, and supporting Blackburn Rovers!
  Suzie joined the paid staff team in Sept 2020, working 8 hours per week during term time, across Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She coordinates, supports and develops our Toddlers/families and Oasis ministries.

Suzie grew up in a Christian home and can’t remember a time she didn't know God. She was baptised at 16 and has continued to grow in her faith since. With husband Pete, she joined WBC in 2004, and they now have 4 lively children. As a family they like being outside, cycling, swimming, camping, going on adventures, and being creative (their house is very messy!) A Freedom in Christ course Suzie attended in her mid-twenties had a significant impact on her, re-aligning her identity as a child of God and deepening her understanding of God’s immense love for us all, which is something she likes to share with the many people with whom she comes into contact daily. Recent years have given the family testing times which have deepened Suzie’s faith in God. He is her Rock and Redeemer.
Sue Bright   Rhonda Sparrey
Sue Bright, Community Support Worker   Rhonda Sparrey, Youth Work Coordinator
Sue Bright also joined the staff team in September 2020 in a volunteer role. Sue is helping us support the vulnerable and those struggling with mental health challenges. As part of this she oversees our Kintsugi Hope work and offers support to the Living Room. Sue will be working in this role on Mondays.

Sue is already a well known face in the local community as she manages the Wallingford and Didcot CAP Debt Centre - working from their office on our premises.
  Rhonda joined the paid staff team in November 2020, bringing her experience and gifting in youth work to lead our wonderful team of volunteers supporting the young people and develop the vision for youth work at WBC. She is working 15 hours/week normally Wed-Fri and Sundays.

Rhonda moved back to Wallingford at the end of 2009 with her husband Paul and their three children (having been away since 1999). She first made a commitment to Christ when she asked Jesus to be her friend aged 4. She was baptised aged 16 at WBC where since then her faith and love of God have deepened over the years.

Rhonda is passionate about helping others to connect with God in a deep and exciting way, and for them to know how much they are loved and valued by God and to know his amazing plan for their lives. Her other work and passion is dance and the arts. Rhonda is particularly passionate about using the arts to communicate stories and God’s love and heart for people. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, friends and having adventures.
David Bright   Nick Chancellor
David Bright, FAITH Leader, Church Treasurer   Nick Chancellor, FAITH Leader
Biography to follow.   Nick was baptised as a teenager and has been a member of Wallingford Baptist since 2011.  Both he and his wife Rachel have been involved in the leadership of the Church in recent years. They share their home with their cat Dorothy and baby son.
Nick Gough   Gale Parlett
Nick Gough, FAITH Leader   Gale Parlett, FAITH Leader
Nick has been a Christian since his early teens. He and his wife Sarah joined WBC in 2006 having moved into the area. They have two children at local schools. Nick is a Geography teacher and also enjoys teaching both adults and teenagers about the Bible and the importance of integrating faith into the whole of life, particularly by promoting social justice and fighting inequality. He is part of our Eco Church working group. Away from WBC he enjoys supporting Ipswich Town Football Club and Essex County Cricket club, playing chess, mountain walking, travelling, running the occasional marathon, and Star Wars.   Gale was born in Eire and baptised and confirmed in the Church of Ireland. At 18 she joined the army in England and met a Christian soldier through whose testimony God challenged her to accept Jesus as her Saviour – as she did so the awareness of God’s love hit her with such force she had to be helped back to her quarters as if drunk! Gale's passions are prayer and to see God's people reach their potential in Jesus. Gale has been part of WBC since 1981 and has been involved in women’s ministry and prayer ministry, as well as using her extensive craft and upcycling skills to transform the building for holiday clubs and other events. She helps with Oasis, holiday club and Toddlers. She and John have been married 42 years. They have grown up sons and grandchildren.
Judith Payne    
Judith Payne, FAITH Leader, Church Secretary    
Judith grew up in North Wales in a Christian home attending a small Presbyterian Church, often 3 times on a Sunday! She became a Christian as a young teenager, realising she needed to make a personal commitment and not just believe because her parents did. She moved to Wallingford in 1989, and started attending WBC, where she met her husband, Jon. They ran the youth club for the next few years. They now have 3 adult children. Judith has run parenting groups for parents of different age groups, bringing specific experience of parenting a child with special needs. She attends the Thursday morning Life Group, Breathe on Fridays, and sings in the worship team. She works part time for a local autism charity as an administrator, sings with Thameside Singers and walks her dogs, Lola and Lulu. She's always happy for a coffee and a chat!    
Tricia Godfrey, Designated Person for Safeguarding    
Tricia is the person to speak to if you have any concerns about the safety of a child or adult at risk. You may like to familiarise yourself with our safeguarding policies, but they can be summarised in saying if you have any concern whatsoever, make a quick note of what you've heard/observed and call Tricia straight away - she will be able to decide what to do.
01491 835147 or 07759 944071

If you need to contact the Church then please visit the Contact Us page.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from our Pastor or another member of our team. Then we have a time of sung worship, led by musicians. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the Bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is Bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song.

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What about my children?

We have a great programme lined up for children of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their grown-up at all times.
  • Splashgang (school years R-2) and Supergang (school years 3-6) - these groups are currently combined into one.
  • Young people (school year 6+) are in for the first part of the service and then go to their own group

We are still transitioning our way back to 'normal' and so, on some Sundays our children will be with their parents (or other adults) for the first part of the service and then go off to their groups after 20 or 30 minutes. On other Sundays, they will be in their groups from 10.30am until the service has finished
Group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, Bible stories, praying, music, craft, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

On the first Sunday of each month we usually have an "All-Age" Service where we all worship God together as a church family.


Getting Connected

Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our life groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Life Groups page and contact us. We can put you in touch with a life group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Other Ministries

We also run/support the following ministries:

Get in touch with us if you would like to know more
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


Simon Hudson
Revd Simon Hudson, Senior Pastor
Simon's vision is taken from Acts 20:20 - to get the Christian message into homes on a regular basis - and so he is always willing to visit people to offer pastoral support and spiritual care. You can find his teaching via our media page and, when time allows he blogs at
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church. We look forward to getting to know you!