Matthew Bodinham- Youth Worker
Matt has lived in Woodstock and the surrounding area his whole life, and been involved in church life there since 1995. He has been involved in leadership and youth work since 2007, and in 2014 he graduated from Springdale College with a BTh(Hons) in Mission and Theology, specialising in Youth Work. Since then, Matt has been given a heart for Woodstock and to see Christian Youth Work happening in the community. He has been pioneering and is now working for WYWT.
Wendy Wilkinson- Chair
Wendy has been ‘officially’ retired for over 10 years, but has been kept busy with being a church Elder and Women’s Pastor between 2010 and 2015. In January 2016 she was invited to become Chair of WYWT, with the job of organising and registering the charity, with the help of Matthew and the other trustees. Her professional life has included being an NTA, school counsellor and an Education Social Worker, all of which have given her insight into working alongside a youth worker.
Ruth Archer- Secretary
Ruth has worked with children all her adult life – in schools, Sunday schools and bringing up her own children. She is a member of Woodstock Baptist Church (WBC) and has longed for a Christian youth worker in Woodstock for decades and is therefore delighted to be a part of WYWT. Ruth is also in charge of co-ordinating Sunday School at WBC, as well as being the Designated Person for Safeguarding, and looks forward to bringing this knowledge to WYWT.
Alan Band- Treasurer
Alan’s first job was in the Royal Navy as a Communications Petty Officer, followed by 4 years as a Carpenter (a job he loved) until the building slump in the mid Seventies. Computers were just starting up at this time and Alan spent the next 30 years in this industry, firstly as a Computer Operator and finally as a Financial System Analyst. The last 11 years of his (paid) working life was spent as a Business Manager at Cheney School, Headington. Alan became a Christian in 2015, and is married to his wife, Pat, who have two children together, Dawn and Christopher. With his experience with the financial side of organisations, Alan agreed to come on board with WYWT as Treasurer.
Kyle McKinnon- Line Manager
Kyle first felt God’s tug on his heart for teenagers while ministering in Luton in 1994. His vision of bringing discipleship back to the heart of youth ministry was the impetus for the formation of local charity, Reign Ministries. He has 20 years experience working with young people with a focus on implementing Jesus’ strategy for discipleship. Kyle lives in Bicester with his wife and four kids, where he directs the daily operations of Reign Ministries, the youth ministry training organisation that trained Matt. Kyle was invited to join the trustees as Line Manager due to his experience both in discipleship-centric youth ministry, and working with Matt.
Chris Wallworth- St Mary Magdalene Parish Church Delegate
Chris represents St Mary Magdalene Parish Church on the board of trustees. As the son of an Anglican vicar, Christianity and the Church of England is in his DNA. Chris is a solicitor practising in Oxford, and brings this knowledge and experience in the legal world to help advise WYWT in all such matters. In his spare time, Chris is also a member of the Rotary Club of Woodstock and Kidlington, and on the PCC at St Mary Magdalene parish church.
Beth Wordsworth- Woodstock Methodist Church Delegate
Beth is a member of Woodstock Methodist Church and, as a steward, is involved with many different aspects of church life. Beth had a career in teaching working mainly with secondary school pupils, and is looking forward to bringing this experience of working with teenagers and churches to WYWT. Despite being retired, Beth is still keeping busy, working with various charities in the local area. She is delighted to join the trust in supporting the work and vision of WYWT.