Our Team

Core Team

The Community Church is led by Dawn Charles and Scott Pettingale who carry the oversight and vision for the church. Team is at the very core of The Community Church’s values, so all areas of what we do have passionate, equipped teams leading the areas that God has called them to.

We want our lives as Christ followers to demonstrate the love of God in a real and relevant ways both individually and as a church. We believe we are all called to play our part in God’s story and one of our purposes, as a core team, is to help anyone who is part our church community to find their part too. We are passionate for everyone to find freedom, acceptance, security and significance in Jesus. He is and always will be the Vision.

Core Team Support

In addition to the Core Leadership Team, Dawn and Scott also have a larger team around them who support, encourage, pray and give wisdom. This team is made up of our respective spouses – Laurie and Leanne, as well as John (Ed) and Susan Edmonds.

As well as support, this team also looks at shaping and serving specific areas of church life, including worship, leadership development, communication, premises decisions and strategy.


We have a great bunch of Trustees who love God and love The Community Church.

Chair of Trustees, Kirsty Brown trained as a Solicitor and now works in a school as Head of English. She’s our Safeguarding Trustee and our go-to person for all things legal!

Lindsay Corten is from an IT background and now works as a freelance proof-reader. We are constantly grateful for her eye for detail.

Tony Gratton has spent many years working for the YMCA in both Bedford and Burton. His vast experience in the Charity Sector is invaluable to us in all that we do.

Laurie Charles’ background is working in the finance and the automotive industry, so he’s a good one for keeping an eye on the figures, and also oversees all things Health and Safety.

Dawn Bircher has been a long-time member of TCC and has a Local Government background.  She serves as a Trustee with a general interest in the many aspects of Church life.

Worship Team

We are blessed with great musicians and worship leaders who love God, love worship and love TCC!

The worship leaders and musicians all work together but don’t all play every week – we’re fortunate to be able to have a rota of worship leaders and musicians.

Listen to Our Playlist

Kids Team

We have a great team of enthusiastic volunteers who run our Kids Church on a Sunday. Headed up by Sue, who in her day job runs Burton Youth For Christ, the Kids Team enjoy teaching the 4-11 years old about God’s love, The Bible and the life of Jesus in incredibly creative and exciting ways.

Our Kids Team volunteers have all been recruited in accordance with our Safer Recruitment Policy as outlined in our Safeguarding Policy and all are DBS Checked.