Meet the Team

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.” 

Maral Mamaghanizadeh
Ministry Assistant / BSL Home Group Co-ordinator
Serving as volunteer members they work to support Word of Hands community. 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.

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.

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