Meet the team


Serving, teaching, leading

Good News Church is led by a small team of elders who have responsibility for the church and its direction, they are supported by a wider leadership team and other team leaders who carry particular areas of responsibility within the life of the church.



Good News Church - Sam Priest

Sam Priest . Lead Elder

Sam leads the team at Good News Church and is one of our elders. He works for the church four days a week and regularly preaches on a Sunday. He is married to Amy and they have two children, Micah and Joel.

Good News Church - Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan . Elder

Justin is one of our elders and leads the worship team at Good News, as well as preaching. Justin is head of music at a local school. He is married to Lou and they have three children, Beth, Poppy and Bella.


Leadership team

Good News Church - Chris Sherred - Chair of Trustees

Emma Sherred . Leader of Childrens’ Groups

Chris Sherred . Chair of Trustees

You can find out a bit more about Emma in the section below.

Chris leads our team of trustees and can often be found behind the PA desk on a Sunday morning. Chris is married to Emma and works as a Key Account manager selling commercial kitchens.


Andy Putt . Events and Youth Leader

Andy runs the Streetlight Centre, a skate park and café for the local community. He has a real gifting for running events as well as Youth outreach.


Kids & Youth

Good NEws Church - Emma Sherred - Creche Work

Emma Sherred. Creche and Kids Leader

Emma leads our creche team and is passionate about introducing little ones to Jesus as well as getting alongside parents with young children. Emma works for Time for Marriage; she is married to Chris and they have two teenage children, Ben and Becca.

Youth Leaders.

At Good News, we are blessed with four Youth Leaders: Andy Putt, Laura Putt, Alex Lawrence and Beth Lawrence.

They each enjoy their roles and are passionate about Youth aged people coming to know the Lord. Andy runs the Streetlight Centre, a skate park and café for the local community. Laura is a secondary school teacher and serves the church in many ways including Welcome. Alex is a social worker as well as the Safeguarding Leader for the church and Beth is the church administrator.



Alex Lawrence. Safeguarding coordinator

Alex is our safeguarding lead. He works as a social worker in Dorset and is married to Beth. He and Beth lead the Youth team and really enjoy it.


Beth Lawrence. Church Administrator

Beth works two days a week as the church administrator. She helps to oversee the operations side of Good News. Beth is a Youth Leader and also serves on the Welcome Team.


“The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.”

John Stott