About Us

NWCT is an Intermediate Body of Churches Together in England covering the whole of Norfolk and those parts of the Waveney area around Lowestoft.

The denominations involved are:

  • Baptist
  • Church of England
  • Methodist
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Roman Catholic
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Reformed Church (URC)

Some other denominations are also involved at local level

See below the photograph of the NWCT Church Leaders (or their representatives) when Archbishop Justin visited St John’s Cathedral for an Ecumenical Act of Worship at the start of his visit to Norfolk in November 2018, when the theme was ‘Reconciliation’.


The  Church Leaders are the members of NWCT and are as follows:

  • Ms Liz Hoffbauer (Quakers)
  • Rt Revd Alan Hopes (Roman Catholic)
  • Revd Beth Powney (Baptist)
  • Revd Canon Julian Pursehouse (Methodist)
  • Major Howard Russell (Salvation Army)
  • Rt Revd Graham Usher – Diocesan Bishop  (Church of England)
  • A new Moderator for the Eastern Synod will be appointed soon (URC)

They all meet together to talk & pray twice a year: the next meeting is planned for  Thursday 25th November 2021.

In 1991, their predecessors signed a personal declaration

  • To meet together at least twice a year for prayer, study & consultation
  • To pray regularly for each other & for the unity of Christ’s church
  • To be present together from time to time in acts of public worship & witness
  • To enable & to encourage the Churches in Norfolk to grow in mission through evangelism & social action
  • To support one another in our ministry of prophecy & care in the community
  • We ask our congregations to pray for us & support us in this covenant

Part of their role is to provide support to

  • Local Ecumenical Projects or Partnerships (LEPs): they are, usually but not always, churches of more than one denomination)
  • local Churches Together groups
  • promote ecumenical understanding & activities

They are supported by Denominational Ecumenical Officers (DEOs)

  • Major Janet Bishop (Salvation Army)  janet.bishop@salvationarmy.org.uk
  • Mrs Laurette Burton (Roman Catholic) laurette.burton@nwct.org.uk
  • Revd David Ely (Methodist)   david.ely@methodist.org.uk
  • Mr Graham Fletcher (Baptist)   g.c.fletcher01@btinternet.com
  • Ms Liz Hoffbauer (Quaker)
  • Revd Karlene Kerr (Anglican)  vicar@stfaithsgaywoodlep.org.uk

The URC church is in the process of appointing their new DEO

This group meets together three times a year with the County Ecumenical Officer (non denominational role)

Mrs Catherine Howe – email: catherine.howe@dioceseofnorwich.org

Their next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th May 2021

The last meeting was held 25th February (virtually)  & here is a digest from this meeting.

  • The online Ecumenical Chain of Prayer was discussed & all were most impressed & grateful for all the contributions to this – in difficult circumstances.
  • Transforming Norwich are consulting widely about the possibility & timing of having a Passion Play in Norwich
  • News from across the denominations was shared

Last updated: 05/03/2021