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About River Ministries (Norfolk)

Leaders of the church

The Ministry Team of River Ministries (Norfolk) is called the church council and is made up of both the legal managers and spiritual oversight of the church. The Team consists of:-

Rev. Roger Pawsey - Pastor and Chairman of the church council.
Pastor Chris Pye - Pastor and Deputy Chairman of the church council
Mr. Tony Brown - Associate Pastor and oversees counselling
Mrs Angela Pye - Church Secretary
Mr Don Yates - Church Treasurer
Mrs. Tina Pawsey - Counsellor and oversees Women for the Kingdom.
Mr. Graham Thomas - Growth Group supervisor.
Mrs Terrie Thomas - Oversees Childrens work

Leaders not on Church Council

Ian and Jo Bruce - Directors of Watton on the Web and leaders of Watton Evening Service



Roger Pawsey. is the minister of the church and has been in full-time ministry since 1989, before which he worked in retail management. Roger became a full status minister in the Assemblies of God in 1996. He is married to Tina and they have 3 children, Joanne, Natasha and Colin.They married in 1969 and spent some time in Australia before settling in Norfolk. In 1983 Roger became a Christian at the age of 34, they attended a Brethren Chapel but after a short time joined a Pentecostal Church. Roger's prayer as a young Christian was "Lord I don't want to be an armchair Christian". His call to the ministry came through Isaiah 42:6-7 and he says that his life is a testimony to the power of God's word and His loving faithfulness. Roger also works with Watton on the Web to promote the Christian Gospel and bring encouragement to the saints of God across the world.

roger pawsey

Christopher Pye. Chris became a Christian at the age of 37 in 1983 following a long period of depression. His life was transformed, and as a result, so was that of his wife, Angela and two daughters Kate and Rachael. After attending the local church in the Norfolk village where he lived and farmed, he became Pastor at the Assemblies of God Church in nearby Watton, in 1988. A verse from the Bible which has been particularly important to Chris is from John 7:37&38, " Jesus said. If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." As Pastor of Watton Pentecostal Church his heart is to see other peoples lives changed as a result of the Gospel.

Chris Pye

Tony Brown Tony became a Christian in the 1960s. He is married to June and recently celbrate their 25th aniversary, they have two sons Matthew and Andrew. Tony works as an Educational Welfare Officer in the county of Norfolk. He is the associate pastor in the church and heads up the Pastoral Ministry Team. The Pastoral Ministry Team help people inside and outside the church. Tony is a people person and has the gift of encouraging people to face the truth and find liberty

Tony Brown

Don Yates


Angela Pye. Angela met Chris when she was training to be a teacher, and married him in 1972. She became a Christian in 1984 after seeing the dramatic change in her husband. She had always attended church and thought that she was a Christian, until she realised that Chris had found a reality she had never experienced. After two or three months of seeking God she too came into a personal relationship with Jesus. Since that time Angela has worked alongside Chris in reaching out with the gospel to those the Lord has led them to. Angela is secretary of the church, and enjoys working in administration to enable things to flow efficiently!

Angela Pye

Tina Pawsey. Tina became a Christian in 1983 at the age of 33, after 18 months of searching for the meaning of life. For three months she heard the gospel preached at a local village chapel, after which she invited Jesus Christ into her life as Lord and Saviour. Early on in her Christian life Tina felt her calling to be from John 21 where Jesus asked Peter to feed his lambs, take care of his sheep and feed his sheep, and feels this ministry to be complementary to Roger's as they work together in the ministry. Tina is currently in her third year of counselling training and has a desire to "...bind up the broken hearted, proclaim freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..." (Isaiah 61:1). Tina also has a desire to see women rise up to their God-given ministry so spends time encouraging women to develop in confidence, to reach their potential and to be released into ministry within the church.

Tina Pawsey

Graham Thomas. Graham became a Christian in 1992, he is married to Terrie and has two daughters Clare and Alison, and two grandchildren Joshua and James. Graham pastors the growth groups within the church, he has a heart after God and a heart for people. Graham hungers to see God move powerfully in Watton and to see people saved and set free. A verse that he continually refers to is from Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the LORD."

Graham Thomas

Terrie Thomas


Paul Unsworth. Paul became a Christian in 1980 and has been married to Jackie for nine years, Paul as been involved in leading Praise and Worship for over 20 years, and has real hunger to see fellow Worship Leaders experience the realities of bringing God's people into his presence through worship. Paul had the privilege to lead worship at the Stoneleigh Bible Weeks, as part of the Children's Work Team, which resulted in Paul's gifting in Song writing coming to light, in the publishing of his song "Jesus Here I Stand" on the Bubble Up Album. Paul has also been privileged to be part of the Together For God India Team and has been to India the last two years leading worship and speaking at the Pastors Conferences and Gospel meetings. As well as heading up the Watton Pentecostal Church Worship Team, he also is responsible for the Watton on the Web Worship Well site, a resource centre for Worship Leaders, and is also Director of Channel Music.

Paul Unsworth

Ian and Jo Bruce


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