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Who's Who

Leadership & Accountability


L-R: Matt Stannard, Ashleigh Nicholson, Tom Nicholson, Sally Williams, Simon Williams, Liz Harris, Victor Evbuomwan, Augustina Evbuomwan

Our current leadership team consists of Tom & Ashleigh Nicholson, Victor & Augustina Evbuomwan, Liz Harris, Matt Stannard and Sally & Simon Williams.

Together we provide oversight for the church, praying, seeking God for the long term health of our church community, doing our best to ensure people are cared for, things are managed well, but also providing direction for our community as a whole. Tom & Ashleigh are our Senior Pastors, and are accountable to Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland (and, obviously, Jesus!), having been commissioned to lead the church in the autumn of 2022.

who's who

AKA Ministry Leads

Tom Nicholson

Senior Pastor

Tom is responsible for general vision, keen to empower others. See Tom for questions around theology, teaching, training, church unity and general operations – as well as pastoral concerns.

Ashleigh Nicholson

Senior Pastor

Ashleigh co-leads with the church with Tom, with a heart for building an empowering community for women. Ashleigh is also contactable if you want to know more about Dot To Tot.

Ali Adams


Ali co-leads our worship in its various forms, helping recruit and equip musicians, rotas, developing the sound we make to Jesus together.

Angie Bester


Angie has been involved in the church in Raunds for over 25 years, and is someone whose teaching is loved! She has a degree in Biblical Studies, and a knack for making the complex simple.

Theo Carter-Roberts


Along with Angie and Tom, Theo helps shape our Sunday morning teaching. He holds a MA in Religion, is married to Bethany, enjoys a cat and supports Arsenal, which in all his grace we know Jesus will overlook.

Adrian Cottrell


As well as leading a community in Barton Seagrave, Adrian helps us administer our Communities, providing support to leaders/hosts and providing regular gatherings for those folks.

Jan Cottrell


Jan also helps lead our Communities alongside Adrian, helping Communities develop and step into the hope of having small groups who take seriously and gently the need to make disciples who make disciples, wherever they are.

Liz Harris

Children & Youth Pastor

Liz is responsible for work with those aged 3-18 primarily, as well as developing a team around those activities. This includes a variety of things including DTI, our midweek youth activities and provision on a Sunday. She also assists with safeguarding and DBS checks.

Maria Kift


Maria helps various ministry leaders with rotas and volunteer recruitment. If you want to know more about joining a team or finding a place to serve, Maria is here to help – when she’s not busy working and raising a family!

Andrew Masson

Associate Pastor

Andrew supports the leadership and our church community with pastoral support, helping carrying the vision of the church. Along with his wife Sarah, they also run our Walk This Way walks!

Sarah Masson

Associate Pastor

Alongside her husband Andrew, Sarah helps provide pastoral support and connection, particularly for newcomers. On the last Saturday of the month, she help run our Walk This Way walks.

Jaz Shaw

Worship, Dot To Tot

Alongside Ali Adams, Jaz oversees and co-ordinates our worship, including Breathe (our monthly prayer and worship evenings). She also leads Dot to Tot, our term-time stay-and-play here in Raunds.

Mission Partners

We partner with a few local organisations where we see cohesion for the benefit of the kingdom of God in the Nene Valley and beyond. The folks below are folks who work with those organisations and are a part of our church.

Paul Hanson (?)

Street Pastors, W’boro


Bex Hunter

Souster Youth

We work closely with Souster Youth, engaging young people in a variety of ways – by deliver content and clubs for schools, supporting Souster’s programmes, and volunteering with their youth work in Thrapston in particular.

Carolyn Tompkins


Carolyn volunteers extensively with Christians Against Poverty and periodically leads CAP Money courses. She also volunteers with the FoodBank in Raunds and has co-ordinated some of our compassion and generosity efforts.

Sally Williams

Teen Challenge & Street Church

Sally (and husband Simon) are involved in Teen Challenge, Wellingborough, working with those who are homeless or marginalised, regularly hosting outreaches for those with addictions, struggling 

Simon Williams

Teen Challnge & Street Church



We are currently still part of the Central Vineyard Northampton charity, of which ‘Nene Valley Vineyard’ is a working name.