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, when the theme was ‘Reconciliation’.


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

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

They all meet together to talk & pray twice a year: the next meeting is planned for 24th May 2019.

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

The 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 15th February 2019 at 2pm at Diocesan House, 109 Dereham Road, Easton, NR9 5ES.