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

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

  • Rt Rev Alan Hopes (Roman Catholic)
  • Rt Rev Graham James (Church of England)
  • Majors Derek & Susan Jones (Salvation Army)
  • Rev Beth Powney (Baptist)
  • Rev Canon Julian Pursehouse (Methodist)
  • Mr David Saunders (Quakers)
  • Rev Paul Whittle (URC)

They all meet together to talk & pray twice a year.

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)

  • Mrs Laurette Burton (Roman Catholic)
  • Major Janet Bishop (Salvation Army)
  • Mr Graham Fletcher (Baptist)
  • Rev David Ely (Methodist)

The Church of England, Quakers & URC churches are in the process of appointing new DEOs


This group meets together three times a year with the County Ecumenical Officer – Mrs Catherine Howe

The next meeting will be held on Friday 25th May at 2pm at Diocesan House, 109 Dereham Road, Easton, NR9 5ES.