Meet the Team


At Solihull Christian Fellowship, we believe that God is the head of the Church and we take our lead from him. However, God has given gifts to different people in the body. SCF has a leadership structure made up of Elders and Deacons (Pastors). Both roles are appointed in the church and seen as Church Offices. Collectively, these two groups make up the Leadership of the church.

SCF’s Elders are called by God to have spiritual responsibility and oversight; they direct the church, and “shepherd the flock”;

SCF’s Pastors (Deacons) oversee our ministry areas and are responsible for the full development and growth of those areas.

SCF has established a “company limited by guarantee”. The Company is responsible for The Bridge & for employing our staff. A Board of Directors directs & manages the affairs of “the Company”.

Ben Lees

Lead Pastor & Elder

Ben joined SCF in 2010 and is passionate about seeing the church truly develop and grow as the family of God, demonstrating love for one another and those in our community.  Prior to joining SCF full-time Ben had spent 15 years in management in the finance sector.  Ben is married to Claire and they have four children, Sammy, Jacob, Chloe and Amelia

Andrea Lowndes

Associate Pastor & Elder

Andrea has been full-time staff with SCF since 2006 following  a management career in the insurance industry and her role includes overseeing our Sunday mornings and Worship, Women’s ministry and Community Engagement.  Andrea loves cooking, swimming and singing.

Craig Wood

Elder & Pastor

Craig is passionate about strengthening and supporting the SCF church family; so that together we can have a positive impact upon the lives of people we meet, and upon our whole community. For many years Craig has combined being a husband, a father of three daughters, and a leader within SCF, with leading international businesses. Outside SCF, Craig chairs a couple of charities which span between the commercial world and church; he also finds time for cycling, walking and travel.

Sally Murcutt

Missions Pastor

Sally has spent most of her life sharing God’s love to the most vulnerable communities around the world. She is passionate about bringing healing, physically and emotionally to those broken by ‘life’ – seeing Jesus restoring and making people whole.

Sue Wood

Discipleship Pastor

Sue has been a member of SCF since September 1990. Sue ran her own training development and management consultancy until 2014. She transferred this love of helping people to develop and learn into church life when she became Discipleship Pastor in 2016. Sue loves swimming, travelling the world with husband Craig and painting in watercolours.

Anna Cave

Chair of Directors

Anna is involved in helping out with the junior aged children and is also chair of directors.

Berry Ho

Children's Worker Birth to Reception

Berry joined SCF in 2022. She is passionate about spreading God’s love, especially to children. She enjoys drawing, crafts as well as playing guitar during her free time.

Sally Hart

Children's Worker Reception to Year 6

Sally has been helping with our children’s work since joining SCF in 2010, and is passionate about seeing our children building a personal relationship with Jesus.  She was appointed as our Children’s Worker (ages 5-11) in 2022, and is now responsible for all aspects of our children’s ministry for primary aged children. She enjoys travelling and has been on a number of mission trips where she has worked with children and shared her faith with many people. In her spare time, Sally can often be found with a book in her hand or enjoying walks in the countryside.

Sammy Lees

Youth Support Worker

Sammy grew up in the Fellowship and has been part of the youth group.  He is now excited to serve the youth in a more ministerial capacity. He is part of our Worship Team, playing the guitar & singing. In his spare time you’ll see him on stage, with aspirations to be a fulltime actor. He is passionate about Jesus, and spreading His love with the young people, in the commuity.

Liz Massey

Additional Needs Champion

Liz has been a member of SCF since 2003. She has supported the running of children’s groups for younger children within the church for much of this time. Liz works with children with special educational needs as a teacher, and is passionate about supporting the church to ensure that activities and meetings are fully inclusive to people with additional needs. Liz is married with 2 children, and enjoys reading, and is learning to play the keyboard in her spare time.

Karen Beresford


Karen has been keeping the Bridge clean since 2012.

Mable Melt

Finance Officer & Communications

Mable has been a member of SCF since 2018, and her versatile roles within our community echo her dedication to service across different domains. Mable is our part-time Finance Officer.  In her Communications role, she drives our digital initiatives, including curating and managing our social media presence. Beyond SCF, a devoted mother to Amelie and founded Mableade Services, offering administrative Virtual Assistant support to cause-driven businesses and professionals incl. charities,  non-profits and social causes. 

Michelle Wilson-Davies

Safeguarding Officer

Michelle is married and mum to two delightful children. Her background is in Social work, and she joined SCF in 2015. She has a heart for vulnerable groups, giving them a voice and ensuring their safety.

Heather Cole

Site Support Manager

Heather has been looking after the Bridge since 2020, maintaining the fabric of the building. Heather also organises room bookings and deals with enquries. Outside of SCF, Heather is involved in education, partners SKILLACRITY, owns a property management business, and helps run the charity Family Equip. Heather is married with 2 grown up sons and enjoys crafting in her spare time.


The Bridge
234 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AG

Telephone: 0300 561 0300