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Leadership Team

Ness Wilson

Role: Team Leader of the Open Heaven Leadership Team. Ness is responsible for providing primary leadership, teaching and direction to fulfill our vision and values. She is chair of Loughborough Churches Partnership and is a catalyst for unity. She is also on the Pioneer National Core Team and oversees a few churches in the Pioneer Network.

Bio: Ness is married to Rich, they have two daughters, Amelie and Lauren. Ness is committed to seeing long-term transformation in the town and university. She is also a speaker at various events and conferences such as Spring Harvest and Soul Survivor.

Jez Cromie

Role: Jez heads up Training and Pastoral. Jez oversees the church’s programme of training courses and events and leads Ignite, our discipleship year. He also leads our Pastoral team.

Bio: Jez is married to Sarah and they have two daughters, Hope and Mary. He is passionate about seeing people released and developed to serve and make a difference. He loves sport and for many years was the Chairman of local football team.

Melanie Cave

Role: Mel leads OH2 with Rich. She is also our Children and Families worker and also oversees our inner healing ministry called Sozo. She is passionate about helping Open Heaven be a place where families are equipped to be the primary place of spiritual formation for children.

Bio: Melanie is married to Rich and has three children, Daniel, Grace and Esme. She is originally from the States but has worked hard at cultivating an English accent.

Rich Cave

Role: Rich leads the OH2 team with Melanie. He also oversees our Small Groups and Youth work and is one of the leaders of our men's ministry "Blood and Fire".

Bio: Rich is married to Melanie. He loves building community and seeing people connected to Jesus. He feels most alive when having outdoor adventures.

Stacey McSharry

Role: Stacey leads OH1 with Joe.

Bio: Stacey is married to Joe and has a son called Aaron. She has worked in the field of Substance Misuse in the Public Sector and loves seeing people get free from drug and alcohol addiction. Stacey is passionate about building and shaping Church and seeing her generation become disciples of Jesus that make an impact on culture and society. She loves Joe, food and sport!

Joe McSharry

Role: Joe leads OH1 with Stacey and is our Community Engagement lead

Bio: Joe is on the Open Heaven staff team, bringing leadership to OH1, developing new resources and overseeing our work in the community. Joe is married to Stacey, and they have a son called Aaron.


Pete Sisson

Role: Pete is part of the OH2 team, and is one of the leaders in our men's ministry "Blood and Fire". He also helps lead the Open Heaven Worship Community as a song writer and worship leader.

Bio: Pete is married to Naomi. They have two children, and thoroughly enjoy being part of OH2 together. He is passionate about music, the doorway it opens to worship, and its potential to impact people inside and outside the church.

Staff Team

Lizzie Bullen

Lizzie is PA to Ness Wilson. She is married to Sam and they have a little boy called Joseph.


Gemma is our Administrator, who enables the church to run smoothly behind the scenes. She has lived in Leicester most of her life but has recently moved to Loughborough to be part of the Open Heaven Community. 

Jess Pymm

Jess is our OH2, Childrens' & Ignite Administrator. She has a passion for helping people and for baking and loves cake. In the last year has set up her own cake baking and decorating business from home. Jess has lived in Loughborough for nearly 3 years and is married to Chris.

Nathaniel Alsop

Nathaniel is our OH2, Families, Childrens' and Youth Administrator, covering for Jess's maternity leave. He is passionate about serving the Church, and seeing God's kingdom come to Earth. He also loves sport, playing football and cricket for local teams. Nathaniel has lived in Loughborough for 3 and a half years since initially joining as a student, and has since graduated our Ignite discipleship year.

David Scarborough

David is our OH1 Administrator. He has lived in Loughborough for 8 years, and is excited about seeing our community bringing colour to our town. When he is not working for church he is busy setting up an art gallery in the town centre.

Phil Lee

Phil is our Operations Manager, responsible for the operating systems of the church and the building. He's passionate about the Church in Western Europe and welcoming international students into the community. Phil is also a student at Loughborough University.

Margaret Aust

Marg is helping us with our HR policies and practice.She is married to John and loves spending time with her grandchildren, cycling with John on their tandem and holidaying in their motorhome.

Student Team

Luc Sadler

Luc is our fantastic Student Worker. He leads the Student Team who help students get connected and equipped to make a difference on campus and beyond university.

Luc has a great Student Team around him. They are there to look out for, serve and pray for the students in Open Heaven.