Avenue Elders & Staff

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

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, and Dan was appointed as Assistant Pastor in 2018.

Dan and Jamie are leading a team from the church who are looking to grow a church plant in Eyres Monsell, a council estate in South Leicester.

Find out more here...
A Church for Eyres Monsell

Dan James

ASSISTANT 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

Dan Jones

Dan has been a part of Avenue Community Church since 2005. He met his wife, Kate, in an Avenue homegroup in 2007.

They live in Clarendon Park with their three children, Timothy, Bethany and Isaiah. Dan works in Logistics and also tries to find time for conducting and playing the trombone.

Dan Jones

ELDER

Matt Wallis

​Matt has been part of Avenue since 2014 when he moved to Leicester to marry his now wife, Lisa.

They have three children, Joshua, Charis and Lydia who keep them busy! Matt goes to work for a rest, working as a Physiotherapist on a Stroke Rehabilitation unit.

In his spare time Matt enjoys gardening and is working on developing his DIY skills.

Matt Wallis

ELDER

Alice Waters

Alice is originally from Romford in Essex, but has enjoyed living around the UK - in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Surrey, London... and now Leicester! Alice is married to Sam, who is a proud northerner.

Before joining Avenue, Alice worked for two years as a ministry trainee at their church in east London, and before that worked in project management for four years in the charity sector. Alice is trying to get into running and baking and loves listening to cheesy pop music!

Alice Waters

YOUTH & FAMILIES WORKER

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, running, board games and graphic design.

Jo True

WOMEN’S WORKER

Daniel Parkinson

Daniel grew up in Preston, north England with Dad, Mum, two brothers and two sisters. He has worked for the past seven years as a bench joiner. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching football, reading a good book, and likes listening to music. Daniel is grateful to have been involved in his local church, In the last 4-5 years, he had opportunities to serve in many areas. 

Daniel is looking forward to serving at Avenue and hopes to be used by God in any way possible!

Daniel Parkinson

MINISTRY TRAINEE

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

ADMINISTRATOR & TREASURER