Staff, Elders & Team Leaders

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.
Mat 3   Alysen2016

Senior Minister
Mat Wilson


Associate Minister
Alysen Merrill

I am married to Hannah and we have three kids. For a few years we lived in Albania as mission workers before I became Team Leader of a mission training college in Birmingham. I am a season ticket holder at Villa and enjoy a good curry night out!


I’m American but ask people to not hold that against me. I’ve lived in the UK since 2005 and have served in Leicester, here at the Pavilion, and also with a youth charity called Reign Ministries. I love this country, and love the Pavilion! I also love 100% cotton sheets, a good curry, strong cups of tea, and live music.







Church Administrator
Gen Isgrove


Student Placement Worker for Youth
Eunice Smith

I have been involved with the church here since 2009. I initially trained as a primary teacher, before working part time for the church and looking after our three small children. I am married to Mark, I love walking in the hills as well as good cup of tea and a chat!


I was born and bred in Lancashire. I did a gap year through BMS world mission and spent six months in Nepal. I am now studying Theology, Mission and Youth Work through Reign Ministries. I have a passion for young people and sharing God's love with the people I meet. I married Josh in July 2015.







Intern for Children
Lynn Braden


Bar Management and Sport Mission
Simon Densham

My name is Lynn and I am the Intern for Children at Pavilion Christian Community. I was born and raised in Ohio, USA and graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in May 2014 with degrees in Christian Education, with a focus in Children’s Ministry, and Biblical Studies. Since I’m American, it means that I have a funny accent, but please don’t hold that against me!


I spend rather a lot of time talking about sport and music (usually over a pint). I’m a mad Leicester Tigers and Norwich City fan. I'm married to Sarah and we like to spend an evening out dining, preferably curry. During my time in ministry I have set up music projects on the Isle of Man and been involved with hospital chaplaincy work. I also love playing music (any instrument) and have a number of albums available for purchase... shameless plug over!




RoyBayliss   AmdrewNoble2

Roy Bayliss


Andrew Noble

Liz and I have loved living, working and bringing up our family in the Rowheath area over the last 30 years. After a career in education, I really appreciate the opportunities I have been given in retirement: The chance to be involved with various trusts including ForMission, Being The Change and Rowheath; having more time to spend with Liz travelling and walking and, most exhausting of all, being with my three grandchildren. In my spare time I love cycling, doing whatever sport I can still manage and hiding in the shed pretending I'm busy.


My wife Hannah and I have lived in Bournville since 2000, and our two girls have grown up here. I was born and brought up in Newcastle, and came to Birmingham for my work in the mid-90s. I work in the town centre as a solicitor, and when not doing lawyer and family stuff, I like to listen to and play music, tackle my jungle of a garden, and follow the highs and (more often) lows of Newcastle United. It's also been my privilege to serve as a trustee of Birmingham City Mission over the last few years.





Mary Publicover


Lynda Robinson

I have lived in Bournville for over thirty years with my husband Steve and our children Ellen and Nick, who have now grown up. I work as managing editor for the Journal of Missional Practice for ForMission College, and I love being around the Pavilion. I'm fascinated by the history of Bournville, and what that means for Bournville's life today.


I have been involved with PCC since the beginning where six of us met in our home way back in 1982 and as part of the leadership team since 2000. I have been married to Martin for over forty years and we have three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren. I grew up in Bournville Lane where my parents still live. I am now enjoying semi retirement working part time for ForMission College. I love to travel and my favourite place to be is France in the sun.





Martin Robinson


Andy Swinford

I am married to Lynda and we have lived in Bournville for more than thirty years. We have three grown-up children and now our grandchildren live nearby. I lead a college that helps to equip people for leadership. Alongside that role I love to write books and have the opportunity to travel and speak in various countries around the world.


I have been an English teacher in secondary school since 1993. Before that I worked with people with learning disabilities. I particularly enjoy the writings of C. S. Lewis: my favourite is The Silver Chair. I grew up by the sea and love to walk the Dorset downs.







Karen Urwin



I have been a member of Pavilion Christian Commuinity since 2009. I was ordained in 2010 and work on Druids Heath for a charity called PRODH that aims to help those in poverty. I live in Kings Norton with two housemates and two dogs. I love travelling, crafts, and early morning walks.






MarkIsgrove1   KatieandSamPoursain

Local Mission
Mark Isgrove


Life Groups
Katie and Sam Poursain

I am married with three children (although I may not look old enough!). I have lived in Birmingham all my life doing youth work across the city.I have been a member of the church since 2009 and currently work at Rowheath Pavilion. I'm passionate about seeing churches proactively engage with their communities through mission, Christian businesses, and charity work.


We have had experience of leading and planting Life Groups for the last six years. We are excited about people meeting Jesus in the honesty and intimacy of a small-group setting, encouraging others to express their leadership potential, and for communities to be impacted by passionate people seeking God’s heart. Katie is an administrator for an IT firm and has a flair for arts and crafts, and Sam is the Manager of the International Mission Centre. Together we enjoy hosting dinner parties, travelling to the other side of the world, and watching films.





Rachel Renfrew


Global Mission
Hannah Hitchin

Apart from three years in Durham, I spent all my life in Sutton Coldfield until 2010 when I crossed the city to South Birmingham to be part of the Pavilion Community, having worked for ForMission (Springdale) and Rowheath Pavilion for the previous three years. I am now a trustee of Rowheath as well as coordinating the finance for both the bar, café and charity. I have specialised in charity finance for many years & continue to be involved with many different organisations. I have three grown up children and am soon to be a grandma.


After growing up in Fleet, Hampshire, I spent a year serving with BMS World Mission on a Thailand Action Team in 2010, then studied Theology at Exeter University. I moved up to Brum last year to serve as a Church Ministry Intern here at the Pav, and now I’m working as a Mission Mobiliser for Serving In Mission, UK. I love my job – working with those exploring a call to mission, supporting them from enquiry through to debrief, and partnering with Churches to send and receive equipped gospel workers to share the good news of Jesus. I love adventuring outdoors, being creative, and anything elephant related.


Stephen G


Roy and Sam2

Alpha & Job Club
Stephen Gray


Men's Ministry Co-Ordinators
Roy Bayliss and Sam Poursain

Born in Birmingham, I studied Japanese and have worked mainly in the engineering and software industries. Life has been a great adventure since Jesus came into my life when I was eighteen, and I love exploring  the meaning of life with the people who come on Alpha. I enjoy walking in the mountains. 


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