Westward Ho! Baptist Church


Westward Ho Baptist ChurchWe are a growing community of ordinary people who have discovered the amazing love of God through Jesus Christ. Together we’re learning to follow and experience him as the answer to the deepest needs of the human heart and the darkest problems that the world faces.

Vision Statement 2022We welcome everyone to come along and join us on Sundays!

You’ll be greeted on a Sunday at the door by stewards who will readily answer any questions and, if you’d like to be accompanied, will introduce you to someone in the fellowship. Words for hymns, songs and Bible passages are projected for easy viewing and printed copies including larger print versions are available; a loop system is available for anyone with hearing difficulties.

The worship leader will suggest when to stand or sit, so don’t feel uncomfortable! After the service, which lasts for 70-80 minutes, you are invited to stay for tea and coffee, chat and make new friends.

Most of our services now are livestreamed from our Facebook page   View our Livestream links here

Our Sunday morning service starts at 11 am but the church will be open for coffee from around 10.30 am 

It's all about Jesus - find out whyAll ages meet together, led by a group of mixed voices and instruments, to praise God with both modern songs and traditional hymns. Under-18s separate for their various group activities and our celebration continues with prayer, Bible readings and Bible-based teaching by the Pastor, members or visiting speakers. Finishing between 12.15 and 12.30, we usually have an informal time afterwards to meet and greet over light refreshments (Covid permitting).  Refreshments also available before the service. 

Online CalendarOn the third Sunday morning of each month we share Communion (the Lord’s Supper) when all who follow Jesus are invited to share bread and non-alcoholic wine, giving thanks for Jesus’s saving love. 

On the fourth Sunday morning of the month, the morning service will be a family-type service where the children stay with us throughout, instead of separating for their own groups.  Following the service there will be a bring 'n share lunch (but don't worry if you cannot 'bring' just come and share there is always plenty).

Sung Worship Team
Our sung worship team includes members using vocal, instrumental and technical gifts to assist us in worship – leading our singing, projecting song words and providing printed copies of hymns and songs if needed.

Pastor/Church Leader
Our Pastor is Tim Sutton. Tim grew up in North Devon and began following Jesus at the age of 17.

He went on to train for mission and ministry at All Nations Christian College and then Spurgeon’s College, gaining a BA (Hons) and an MA - in Biblical, Missional & Theological Studies.

Tim has spent the past 20 something years serving in Christian ministry and leadership. Tim and his wife Annemarij (who’s Dutch) spent some years overseas church-planting with the mission agency Operation Mobilisation. Here in the UK they pastored churches in London and Southampton before joining the team here at WHBC in September 2016.

Tim’s vision is to see Christians enjoying and sharing the life-transforming blessing they’ve found in Jesus. He is excited about God’s plans for WHBC and for this beautiful, spiritually needy part of the world.

Right: Tim and Annemarij Sutton

To view photos of Tim & Annemarij's induction service, 23rd September 2017,    click the photo below.

Loving Jesus, Sharing Life, Bringing Hope



  • Nelson Drive
  • Westward Ho!
  • Bideford
  • Devon
  • EX39 1LQ

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