Meet the Pastoral Team
Tony Davies and Joy Davies
Tony and Joy lead church at Waterbrook. They are directly involved in many activities from planning the teaching rota to sorting out who’s bringing which cake to the church lunch. Their aim is to serve and Tony has a real passion for the teaching and Joy has the same for God’s presence and worship.
Joseph stepped into the Associate Pastor role in 2017. His leads the worship team and has a vision for what worship can bring to the church across Bristol . He heads up Waterbrook’s children and youth teaching. He also has a real love for engaging people football and the unity it brings. On top of all that he has one amazing wife Chloe and two darling daughters and is currently studying for a diploma in kingdom theology.
Martin is the guy everyone turns to when things turn pear shaped. He’s got a lot of wisdom and a cool head and knows everything about tech and sound equipment. He is interested in overeseas mission particularly involving children’s work and this is one of the things that drew him to Waterbrook.
Paul and Mel Currer
Paul and Mel have been with Waterbrook since it moved into the Primary School in 2010. They both have contagious joy which is seen in their preaching. They lead up Alpha; a course for those learning about faith. Mel is also involved in children ministry and enthusiastic about creating opportunities for children to learn about God in new ways. They have 2 very enthusiastic children Barney and Poppy.
Sometimes it is helpful to spell out as clearly as possible what we believe about God, so that people know where we stand. This is important because so many people have different view points.
Firstly we should say we believe that Jesus is exactly who He said He is, the Saviour of the world, who gave His life to set people free from all the offences and crimes they have committed against God. Without this rescuing by Jesus people are separated from God both now and forever. Jesus gave His life so that we could come to know God, not as slaves, but as sons and daughters of His. We believe that everyone needs this forgiveness, but the good news is that Jesus gave His life so that everyone could receive it.
To achieve this rescue, Jesus was sent into the world by God the Father, through the Father’s great love. Jesus is God made man, the only human who had not sinned and therefore who could give His life to set people free from sin. We believe that He successfully accomplished His mission to bring back to God those people who believe in Him. Following His death for us, we believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and has ascended to God, the Father, and He will in the plan of God return to the earth.
When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit who is the comforter, to empower and strengthen those who believe in God through Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today and lives in those who put their trust in Jesus. He is present in His church and speaks and directs them through bible teaching and through the gifts of the Spirit; all of which must be in agreement with the bible as this is God’s word. The bible is the authorative and only expression of God’s word. It is the place where we see God revealed and His will clearly expressed as to how we should live and please God.
We believe that anyone who puts his trust in Jesus will want to live a different life, and through the application of what Jesus has done and by the power of His Spirit this is possible. To reflect this new life we believe those who put their trust in Jesus for forgiveness should be baptized in water.
We believe the Church should demonstrate the love of God to the world in everything it does by its message, good conduct and generosity. However, having said that, we know we all need God’s grace and love in our own lives and that we are constantly in need of being taught, encouraged and indeed forgiven. So to be effective, the followers of Jesus need encouragement, prayer and intimacy with God. It is a vital part of the ministry of the church to encourage the believers to draw near to God in worship, to encourage each other and to share in the Communion together. We therefore believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit remain an important part of the Church’s ministry today, to encourage the believers, but also as evidence of God’s power to others. We believe that through the working of God’s Holy Spirit, and on the basis of what Jesus did, it is possible for God to do amazing things in people’s lives and that prayer changes things!
If anyone would like to see the references in the bible to any of the statements made here we would be pleased to provide them. Please email us.
We value family. We want to value people in the same way that God does, uniquely made and blessed. The only way we can do this is in the context of the church being a family of God’s people. We aim to create a safe place for people to feel loved and honoured-no matter who you are. We want everyone to feel cherished, significant and known as this is our experience of God.
We value Spirit – the presence of God. We desire His presence and his power to change our lives and our world. For him to move us and among us. We desire the fresh revelation His Spirit brings through His word. We know our need and dependency on Him. We aim to keep the unity in spirit within Waterbrook and across the church of Bristol.
We also value heart because we believe God’s love is be experienced, not just head knowledge. We want Him to build our characters, to be people of integrity, being open to God and to each other, to be people of intimacy with God as modelled to us by Jesus. We see heart at the heart of the new covenant-which is for God to write his laws –his ways on our hearts.
Our aims are to express these values by being the church God wants us to be, expressing our discipleship by pursuing worship, word, witness, fellowship, prayer and freedom. To be a people who are all focused on who Jesus is, what he has done and who can experience his loving presence.
Worship We seek his presence being experienced in worship and give time to facilitate this. To engage with the presence of God honouring, thanking and celebrating God and to proclaim truth. We expect his voice to be heard through gifts of the spirit within worship. We hope all age groups will enter into worship together.
Word We aspire to teach with integrity, through upholding the word of God. We aim to allow the anointing of the word to produce change in our lives, to free us by the truth, and to build a strong foundation and excitement for our faith in Jesus.
Witness We seek to witness through being motivated by Gods love in proclaiming the good news to everyone . We aim to be generous in a heart of grace and truth, being a true witness to God’s grace in our everyday lives. We long to bless all areas of the community, through serving schools, youth and children’s work, students, senior’s and other churches and overseas missions.
Fellowship We want a strong culture of honour to characterise the church. We aim to nurture peoples gifts, empower the next leaders, develop pastoral support, and work humbly through our imperfections and cover each other in love.
Prayer We aim for prayer to be the heartbeat of the church. We seek to listen for and to his voice in our praying for one another, the city, the nation, the nations and Israel.
Freedom We believe Jesus purchased our freedom at the Cross and believers should know his power in their lives to overcome fears and shame and to know their true identity. We long to see this at work and for people to receive healing for their bodies.