The Team

Meet the team at Whetstone Baptist Church

Phil Robinson

Senior Minister
Rev. Phil Robinson

Phil is a highly experienced and gifted church leader, who came to be senior minister at Whetstone in March 2019. After living in London for many years, he's really appreciating the beauty of the Leicestershire countryside, and is enjoying living here.

Phil comes from Plymouth originally, and became a Christian as a teenager. His interest in buildings might have led him into architecture, but he felt a calling to Christian ministry instead and went to study theology and history in Birmingham. Following that he trained at Spurgeons College, graduating in 1986.

Nick Swanson

Associate Minister
Rev. Nick Swanson

Nick graduated from Spurgeons College in 1994 and came to Whetstone in 2006, having faithfully served God at a Baptist church in Suffolk for 12 years, following his career in the Royal Air Force.

Nick is primarily responsible for discipleship and faith development here at Whetstone.

Nick is married to Sue and they have two grown-up children, Hannah and Ben and granddaughter Isla Marie. Nick loves walking in the Peak District, playing chess, spending time with the family, and (despite the ribbing he gets) supports Nottingham Forest.

Simon Clay

Minister In Training
Simon Clay

Simon took up the post of minister in training at WBC in September 2021 after recently moving to Whetstone from Canterbury, where he was a teacher.

Simon is married to Katie and they have 3 children. Simon is currently studying at St Hild College alongside his time at WBC.

Simon loves to watch or play any sport and can often be found playing in one of the worship teams on a Sunday. Simon’s passion is help people get to know more about Jesus.



Julie in the office can help you:

  • with administration needs related to caring for our fellowship
  • to contact a ministry leader or minister
  • or simply to answer your question about Whetstone Baptist Church.

Call Julie on 07305 090 803 

Julie in the WBC office
Pastoral Coordinators
Left to right; Margaret, Mike, Angela


Available 24/7 on the WBC pastoral helpline:

  • offering help and advice to small group pastoral leaders
  • arranging support in all pastoral situations
  • connecting you with specialist pastoral volunteers
  • liaising with the prayer circle and the pastors
  • providing a listening ear.

The pastoral helpline number is published on the church notice sheets and leaflets.

Church Leadership Team (CLT)

Each leader is responsible for one or more areas of church life.
Their role is to encourage, envision, value and support the ministry leaders and teams in our church.