Meet the Team

Jay Thomas-Morton
Word of Hands Pastoral-Leader
Pioneer of the first ‘language Church’ in the UK led by using British Sign Language with English voice-over to ensure full access to the whole audience including Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing adults and children. He is passionate about a ‘unity’ rather than an ‘integration’ model of Church. This derives from the Bible’s teaching about ‘The Body of Christ’ where every part is different yet works together in the same body under the same Head, Jesus Christ. Jay took up a part-time employed role in September 2015 with Word of Hands and is longs to see many more come to know and receive Jesus Christ as their personal and loving Saviour.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 4:4-9

Paul Leonard
PA Operative / Communication Leader &  Mediator
One of the pioneers of Word of Hands from its launch in June 2009, Paul ensures that Word of Hands operates accessibly for everybody, communicates effectively in sharing our message across the communities and mediates between hearing and d/Deaf in Word of Hands and Riverside Church. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

Andrew Hyde
Word of Hands Treasurer
Andrew was appointed in September 2016 to look after Word of Hands finance. He works closely with Riverside Church’s accountant to ensures that finance commitments are met and looks to see God’s work grow within Word of Hands, Riverside Church and the Community.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” 

David and Denise Flynn
Teaching, Mission & Pastoral

They are passionate and excited to continue teaching the Discipleship & Leadership Training Course run under London School of Theology in conjunction with Word of Hands Riverside Church, continuing in February 2018 until August 2019 to encourage and share blessings to multiply leaders, workers, assistants and helpers to share God’s glory and bless the world. Denise: Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have taught you. Surely, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:19-20. David: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

Charlotte Nock
Preacher & Interpreter
As a teacher, she is passionate about helping people learn more about Christ. She preaches at services and she provides voice over for hearing adults and children so they can have full access to the service and share in the wonderful fellowship. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Elizabeth Thomas-Morton
Lighthouse Kids Co-ordinator / Administrator
Responsible for managing the lovely team of Lighthouse Kids, ensuring the rota is covered so that the Lighthouse Kids have a safe place to learn more about God’s Word. She is the person to contact if you are interested in volunteering for us.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind”. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

 

Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford
Worship and Theatre Facilitator
Founder of Word of Hands Theatre and leads worship at Word of Hands services with the lovely team of worshippers. She has established quarterly training sessions with the Worship team. She also facilities the BSL Home Group in Worcestershire and shows great passion for His work in each of the communities. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

 

Matthew Bones
Community Outreach Co-ordinator
It takes a whole community to bring somebody into the light. Matthew is involved in a diversity of groups promoting gatherings in different places. Matthew and Daniel Handscomb run the monthly BSL Social in Kings Heath, support BSL Home Group in Birmingham and participate in the team of worshippers and in leading the services at Word of Hands “Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.” Proverbs 3:5 

Wesley Zubair
Community Outreach Assistant
Happy to serve as Assistant, Wesley is part of Community Outreach working alongside Matthew and supporting the Word of Hands team in operating the service to ensure it runs smoothly. He enjoys being steward, meeting people and making sure they are warmly welcomed to Word of Hands. Jesus says: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Paul, Amanda and Shalomie Brown
Ministry Assistant
Serving as volunteer members they work to support Word of Hands pastorally. They take a secondary role to further the goals of the ministry leader to enable engagement in activities expressing Christian faith.

 

Rebekah Leonard
Ministry Assistant
One of pioneers of Word of Hands, she has been involved with Sunday School teachers, preaching at services and is enjoying being involved with the prep-team, supporting PA and happy support everybody in the team. She is married to Paul Leonard and enjoys being mother to the two children: all are part of Riverside Church.

Suzanna Thomas
Lighthouse Kids Teacher
Mother of two and Nanny to four, deaf and hearing, she has interpreted at Churches for many years. Word of Hands are blessed to have Suzanna as Sunday School Teacher to many other Deaf and hearing children providing a bi-lingual environment where they can eagerly learn and grow in the Love of Jesus Christ. She is passionate to see many others following in her son’s and grandchildren’s footsteps and desires to see the number of God’s workers growing. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Eda Smith
LightHouse Kids Teacher
Mother of a deaf son and passionate teacher she in hungry for the children to get know more of Christ Jesus. Eda enjoys working as a Sunday School Teachers and also is involved in the Word of Hands worship team. She is eager to see a new Youth Pastor appointed and is a faithful servant and has a strong spiritual prayer ministry. Zechariah 4:6,  This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit,”

 

Brent and Nora Allen
Oversea Missionary
They live in Romania, are missionaries to the Deaf Community in Constanta and part of YWAM’s staff after the completion of their Discipleship Training School. There were one of the Word of Hands pioneers in June 2009 and have been living and working as overseas missionaries in Romania since September 2015.
Brent: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. Nora: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Esther Evans
Women of Wings Team Leader

WoW was launched in February 2017 where 150 BSL women attended from all over the UK. As team leader she manages the team, providing blessings of guidance, supervision and motivation for the team to run WoW events twice a year.  Her past track record includes fruitful service as Go! Sign, DY4C Leader and EDCY Leader. Word of Hands are blessed to have Esther working with the team of WoW leaders. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

Angela Saltekin
Women of Wings BSL Social Media Presenter
She is an effective leader in communication with the team of leaders, social media and with BSL women in the UK. Angela work closely with Word of Hands’ leaders to ensure events are running smoothly across the UK. She is passionate to encourage women to know more of Jesus in their personal life and bring Glory to God and extend His Kingdom. “So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can defeat us.” Romans 8:31 NCV

Veronica Holmes
Women of Wings Media Coordinator
She became a Christian just before heard about Word of Hands, was baptised at Word of Hands and now lives passionately the Christian life and loves serving the Lord Jesus. She enjoys behind the scenes work… editing!  She is now involved with media: filming, editing and promoting via website and Facebook. Her passion is for the UK to be able to enjoy the videos to uplift them in different ways and her favourite motto is, ‘Hallelujah’. She also takes part in Word of Hands filming and worship. “We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 NCV

Sarah Hides
Women of Wings Leader & Prayer Ministry
She loves to serve and encourage others and is passionate about bringing the Good News of Jesus to women. She joined WoW in 2017 to serve on the team and is excited to see what God has in store for this ministry. She is married to Gareth Hides who works as an evangelist with K180 in London and is enjoying being a first-time mummy to her little girl Jemimah. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 NIV