Elders, Staff, &
Key People

Richard Brewster

Richard and Lily came to Avenue in October 2010. They have two children, Noah and Clara, and as a family they love living in Clarendon Park.

Richard is a proud Irishman who enjoys watching movies, reading poetry, listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen and Andrew Peterson, and eating a really nice burger.

Richard Brewster

PASTOR & ELDER

Pete Cansdale

Pete came to Leicester as a student in 1997. He and his wife, Alaine were part of the initial group who planted Avenue and Pete joined the eldership in 2009.

Pete runs a business consultancy company and he and Alaine enjoy the variety of life that comes with work, church involvement and their three children, Nathan, Holly and Amy.

Pete Cansdale

ELDER

Mike Warriner

Mike and Sinéad moved to Leicester in 2019 with their son Joss and joined Avenue right away.

Mike works as a data analyst at one of the city's universities (which is more interesting than it sounds). He enjoys cooking and Formula 1 and as a family they enjoy board games and movies.

Mike Warriner

ELDER & DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DSL)

Joel Murray

Joel, his wife Hannah, and two daughters Rebekah and Chloe have been a part of Avenue since 2020 after moving to Leicester for work (six weeks before lockdown!). They have since been joined by a son, Ezra.

Joel works as Communications and Media Officer for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), looking after the website, social media, podcasts, and more. He enjoys football, video games, comics, and Star Wars.

Joel Murray

ELDER

Jo True

Jo grew up in Hertfordshire, studied in Stoke-on-Trent and came to Leicester in 2005. She is married to Stu and they have three boys, Judah, Asa and Ephraim. She enjoys her family, board games and graphic design.

Jo True

WOMEN’S WORKER

Dan James

Dan moved to Leicester in 2008. He married Jamie in 2010 and they have a daughter called Aoife. They joined Avenue in 2013, Dan was appointed as Assistant Pastor in 2018, which was then changed to Pastor for Eyres Monsell in March 2023.

Dan and Jamie are leading a team who are growing a church for and in Eyres Monsell, a council estate in South Leicester.

Find out more here...
Eyres Monsell Community Church

Dan James

PASTOR FOR EYRES MONSELL

Keith Rowe

Keith and his wife, Jenny moved to Leicester in May 1984 from the county of Devon to follow God's prompting to consider working for a Christian charity. Keith worked as the accountant for Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship until 2010, when UCCF relocated to Oxford. Freelance accountancy work and partial retirement brought Keith into administrative and finance work for Avenue.

Both Keith and Jenny are keen walkers and spend much of their diminishing energy levels attempting to maintain their garden. They have two grown up children, Chris and Kat.

Keith Rowe

TREASURER

Cheryl Hawkins

Cheryl Hawkins

DEPUTY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DDSL)

Homegroups

Homegroups exist at Avenue to help us listen to and live out God’s word in our life together. 

We encourage everyone at Avenue to be part of a Homegroup.

Hello Students

You are an integral part of our church family; everything that we do is done with you in mind. We consider you part of the family: worshipping, learning and serving alongside everyone else.