World Harvest Bible Church is a city-wide local church based in Salford Quays reaching out to the Greater Manchester area, the UK and furthest parts of the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
WHBC reflects the multi-generational & multi-cultural nature of Manchester & Salford. Currently around 350 adults & children from over 30 different nations call WHBC their home and our ministry operates in 7 different nations.
Alan and Claire Morton Senior Pastors
Alan and his wife Claire serve as the Senior Pastors of World Harvest Bible Church. They are also parents to three children: Abbey, Bex & Joe.
Claire Morton Senior Pastor
She is the eldest daughter of Pastor Colin Urquhart and has been involved in various forms of Christian ministry for almost 30 years. Claire had the amazing privilege of being born-again and filled with the Holy Spirit at 6 years old.
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Alan Morton Senior Pastor
During this time Alan trained and worked as an accountant in Crawley and London for 7 years then became the Finance Director for Kingdom Faith. He & Claire led and planted several small groups becoming Area Pastors overseeing multiple small groups and seeing many miracles in individuals’ lives.
This generated a passion for church planting in their hearts and led them to move to Manchester in 1997 to pioneer Kingdom Faith Manchester. In 2007 KF Manchester and World Harvest Bible Church merged together and he and Claire now co-pastor the combined church.
Alan is also a trustee of The Message Trust which works with youth throughout Manchester evangelising and training youth from the most deprived areas of the city.
Sheila Murphy Family Care Pastor
Sheila & her husband Dave oversee the Family Care Ministries within WHBC and have a big heart for people. From Child Dedications to hospital visits to Baptisms Services, they are part of enabling WHBC’s family life to flourish. She also oversees our Farsi Ministry.
Pastor Sheila is a graduate of Rhema (RBTC Manchester) and also has an NVQ2 in Counselling.
She and her husband are both Bolton supporters and regularly enjoy attending the matches. They have 3 grown children, one of whom is also involved in full time Christian ministry within the NW.
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Becci Linscott Children & Youth Pastor
Becci serves as our Children and Youth Pastor. She also oversees our Detached Community work and Student Ministry.
She grew up under the ministry of Colin Urquhart at Kingdom Faith Horsham and also trained at Living Word Bible College, Bergen. She has been involved in Children and Youth ministry since she was 14 and has a degree in Youth & Community Work from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Pastor Becci loves to dance, speaks 8 languages (2 fluently) and is always laughing.
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Mark Walker Central Manager
Mark serves as our Central Manager overseeing finances, buildings, health & safety and anything else the Senior Pastors throw at him! He is also a Worship Leader and Area Pastor.
Mark has been part of the church from its beginning when he first came to Manchester as a student. He has a masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with French from UMIST University and previously worked as an Area Manager for O2. He has also trained at Kingdom Faith Bible Training Centre where he met his wife Simone and they have 3 children.
Mark loves music, Sheffield Wednesday, as well as cooking and eating good food. He also speaks French having lived there for a year.
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Radek & Kasia Kowalski Helps Ministry Leaders
Radek and Kasia oversee all the Helps Ministry including First Contact Teams and Hospitality.
Originally from Poland, they moved to the UK in 2005. Radek works as a manager at Online Marketing Company in Manchester. Kasia works for a non-profit organization. Kasia and Radek met at high school and have been inseparable since then. They are parents to two wonderful boys.
They love travel, adventures, hiking and are passionate about missions and helping those in need.
Our Area Leaders oversee the Pastoral Care and development of our Life Groups around the City. They are a crucial part of our family care.
Pastors Matt and Julie Beemer Founding Pastors
Pastor Matt and his wife Julie are the Founding Pastors of WHBC and currently serve as the National Directors of Rhema Nigeria & Egypt. They have a passion to release faith in the global church to fulfill the great commission in this generation. With a contagious ‘We Can Do It’ belief, they passionately challenge the church to work intentionally, and are devoted to helping leaders work together in order to produce true significance. The Beemer Family is continually on the move with their two adventurous -‘ready for anything’ – children Jonathan & Elisabeth..
In October 1994 the Beemers moved to Liverpool, England to work with Reaching The World, a missions organisation. It was during this time that Pastor Matt received the vision to pioneer World Harvest Bible Church in Manchester.
2 years later the Beemers moved to Manchester and on the 13th of April 1997 WHBC held its first Sunday morning service at the Copthorne Hotel, Salford Quays with just 17 people.
In October 2008 they began the next exciting phase of their ministry, starting training centres and churches across North Africa and the Middle East. They released the leadership of WHBC to Pastors Alan and Claire Morton and after a short period back in the USA raising support moved to Abuja, Nigeria.
In 2010 they launched Rhema Nigeria and Rhema Egypt, two new training centers supporting the local church in its mission.
Pastor Matt remains as a trustee of WHBC helping to sharpen the vision and ensure that the church continues to fulfill its God-given purpose.
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