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 Bishop of East Anglia)
  • Revd Lythan Nevard (Moderator for the Eastern Synod URC)
  • Revd Beth Powney (Regional Minister Team Leader for the Eastern Baptist Association.)
  • Revd Canon Julian Pursehouse (Chair in East Anglia Methodist District)
  • Major Howard Russell (Divisional Commander of the Anglia Division of the Salvation Army)
  • Rt Revd Graham Usher (Diocesan Bishop  in the Church of England)

They all meet together to talk & pray twice a year: their last meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd March 2022 & the next  is planned for  10th November 2022.

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
  • 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
  • Major Dr Paul Robinson (Salvation Army)  paul.a.robinson@salvationarmy.org.uk

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

This group meets together three or four 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 Wednesday 31st August  2022 at 2pm in Priors Hall Norwich Cathedral

The last meeting was held on 25th May 2022

For more details, please contact the County Ecumenical Officer

Last updated: 28/07/22