Waterbrook Church consists of people of all ages and various walks of life. Waterbrook church began in 1999 within the walls of Tony’s and Joy’s house ‘Ramot’, where around 30 people would meet each week. The church grew within the house until there were too many people to fit! In 2010 they moved to worship in Begbrook Primary School in Stapleton, Bristol. Since moving the church has grown to around 60 members ranging from 8 months to 83.
We extend a very warm welcome to all visitors, please feel free to pop along on any Sunday or get in touch with us first if you prefer. You can read about our values and what we believe by following the links below.
Tony is our church leader/pastor. He has studied God's word deeply and this can be seen in the knowledge and insight he gives in his preaching. He is directly involved in planning many of the church activities and all round overseer, he is also our Safeguarding Officer. Tony also warmly extends his arm to help those in need and has a great, growing relationships with all our missionaries that we support as a church. He has a strong passion for the local area of Begbrook and prays for transformation in the neighbourhood.
Joy helps lead the church with Tony. She has a strong passion for God’s presence and worship. She is also directly involved in many church activities, much of which is coordinating food for church lunches, senior events and coffee & cake run for the teachers. Her aim is to serve and regularly opens her door to anyone who needs a room for the night or food for dinner. Ask her about weekly prophetic potatoes!
Paul has been at Waterbrook since it moved into Begbrook School in 2010, where he came with his wife Mel. He has a powerful testimony as well as relationship with God which is seen in his preaching. He leads Alpha with his wife Mel; a course for those learning about faith. They have 2 very enthusiastic children Barney and Poppy.
Mel is spontaneous, bubbly and has contagious joy. She will always run up and give you a big hug and smile from ear to ear the minute you walk into her radius. Mel and Paul both lead 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.
Tom is uber cool, friendly and wise. He joined the pastoral team in spring 2019. His pastoral heart has been seen and loved by all of the church. He’s been our student pastor since Aug 2018 and regularly meets and mentors these guys showing great listening skills and real God wisdom and insight into their life’s. Side note: Tom’s a hugger! Grab a hug from this brother!
Andy is one of our Trustees and joined the pastoral team in spring 2019. He is capable, adaptable and got a good head on his shoulders. From biking knowledge to spirit knowledge he’s great to have a chat to. He also joined our worship team and facilitates us by his singing. Andy & Hannah are currently on a sabbatical.
Hannah joined the pastoral team in spring 2019. She is one of our main children’s leaders; she’s great! She has great empathy as well as has a very creative eye. She is an amazing cook and abundant host, she’s always trying new things in the kitchen as well as in children’s play. She’s an innovator, encourager and talented! Hannah & Andy are currently on a sabbatical.,
It’s important to be clear on who we are, what we are aiming to be and where we want to go, but it’s equally important to be patient, faithful and committed on the journey.
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 – 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 value Heart – 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 modeled to us by Jesus.