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The pastoral leadership team is responsible for the overall spiritual leadership of the church and works closely with the trustees in order to ensure that there is a strong accountability in all aspects of governance. Sue Hall, who is chair of trustees meets with the leadership team on a regular basis.

Pastor Richard and Kim Brown

Pastor Richard is responsible for the day to day leadership of the church including pastoral care, preaching and teaching, handling of church finances and providing vision and direction. He has been in eldership for many years and took on the lead pastor role for New Life Church Bristol in 2015. In addition to providing the pastoral leadership, Pastor Richard is a gifted worship leader. His wife Kim works closely alongside Richard particularly in the area of leading home group and providing hospitality.

Richard became full time pastor in January 2017 and before then worked for a large international computer company managing a team of researchers in IT Security. Kim has recently retired from working as a school business administrator and is now waiting on God to understand her new role. She enjoys walks in the countryside.

Richard and Kim have been married since 1982 and have three adult children. They are also the proud owners of the church cat Stan.

Why not read Richard's latest annual report here.





Dave and Nicky Summerhill

Dave and Nicky are part of the leadership team and work closely with Pastor Richard and Kim in leading the church. They previously served the church family as home group leaders and as members of an extended leadership team. They both lead meetings and teach in the church where they bring a practical, straightforward, and uncomplicated approach to applying the word of God in everyday life.

Dave is a church trustee and represents the church on the management committee of Frenchay Village Hall, where he was elected to the role of vice-chairman in October 2014. Nicky is a gifted administrator and project manager and has responsibility for the day to day administration of the church.

Outside of Church, Dave works as a development manager at a large affordable housing provider. He is also a community governor at a local primary school where he chairs the finance committee. He supports Bristol City FC, is a member of Cleve RFC and is very tall, so you would be wise to never sit behind him on a Sunday morning! Nicky works for the NHS where she leads a team of business analysts. She claims to always need another new handbag, watches endless repeats of Inspector Morse and when not at the gym, cooks great pies! Dave and Nicky have been married since 1995 and have a teenage son.