The leadership team is committed to getting to know and serving the people in our local Wellsprings community, in Taunton and are always seeking to find new and relevant ways of doing this.

“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.’” (The Bible, Luke chapter 10 verse 27)

Phil Bedford

Philip grew up in North Devon on a family farm where he developed a love for the countryside and natural history. Born in 1955 into a Christian family he attended the local Brethren Gospel Hall and committed his life to Christ at the age of 11 under the ministry of Donald Niven of the Caravan Mission to Village Children, and was baptized (water) a couple of years later. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Philip moved to Taunton in 1981 to join an accountancy practice (Lentells) where he was a partner/director from 1984 up to 2016. Philip quickly settled into the fellowship at Wellsprings and became involved in teaching in the Sunday School, chairing the ‘Deacons’ and serving for many years on the oversight as an elder. He was subsequently involved in the leadership review process where he was invited to chair that group and then took on responsibility for chairing the new Leadership Team. Philip is also involved in the preaching/teaching programme at Wellsprings. Philip met his wife Jackie at Wellsprings; they married in 1985 and have two grown-up children – Kathryn and Andrew and two grandchildren. Over the years Philip has served as a trustee with various charities and is currently a trustee with Taunton Area Debt Advice and The Francis Spiller Lock Trust on the Blackdowns. Philip enjoys watching films, gardening and trying to control a burgeoning collection of cacti and succulent plants, some of which he has displayed at the annual Taunton Flower Show on behalf of the Somerset Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society, which he chairs.

Andrew Heath-Coleman

Andrew was born in 1953 and raised in Yeovil. He accepted his parents’
Christian faith but began to question it in his early teens; nevertheless, his childhood faith proved genuine, although he cannot claim a datable conversion experience. In retrospect, he believes that weekly attendance at communion services, where he heard over and over the story of God’s intervention in human history for salvation, was what sealed his faith. In 1969, he started his 48-year career as a marine cartographer at the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton. He married Frances in 1977 and together they raised three children (Aurelie, Lyndon and Dominic). They settled at Wellsprings in 1986, after involvement in a church plant at Blagdon Hill. Andrew was soon called to the ‘Deacons’ and quickly became the Chairman of this group. This has been the renamed Support Team, of which he is still a member although he recently handed over its leadership.
He joined the WCC Leadership Team in 2010 and also serves on the
Pastoral Care Team and as a Home Group leader. Other ministries have included involvement in Somerset Christian Camps as a founder member in about 1990, as sports leader, then ‘commie’ and latterly in the kitchen until retiring in 2021. Together with Frances, they have been foster-carers for many children. He has also worked as a school governor, a youth leader at Blagdon Hill and is currently a Street Pastor. Now retired from secular work, Andrew has a little more time to spend tending a large garden, watching cricket, walking and being a

Becky Lambert

Becky was born in Denmark in 1967 and despite living in the UK for most of her life, has retained her Danish citizenship. She was brought up mainly in  North Devon and is thankful to have grown up in a family where she was taught about Jesus from an early age. Becky has been a nurse in the NHS since 1986 and moved to Taunton with her husband Paul in 1995, they have been part of the family at Wellsprings since that time. Becky and Paul are proud parents to 4 young adults, Jonno, Sarah, Megan and Rachel; and now grandparents to Tommy, a whole new adventure! Having recently taken semi-retirement, Becky now works part-time as a specialist nurse in cardiology, mainly working with young adults with congenital heart disease, a job which she remains passionate about. Her hobbies include travelling, walking, reading and listening to music. She particularly loves listening to worship music as she finds this helps her walk more closely with God. Becky leads the pastoral care team at Wellsprings Community Church

Laurent Boon

Laurent grew up in St Albans, Hertfordshire.  His dad took him to church but during his early teens he became very unsure about what he believed but began to feel that Jesus was saying something important and true.  In his third year at Durham University, where he studied applied physics and computer science, he lived next to a Christian in the halls of residence.  Laurent began to go to a local church and the Christian Union and through his friend, and others that he met, his faith was renewed and he began to build a relationship with God. After university Laurent got a job with BT (he is currently a programme manager for security) and moved to Ipswich where he joined a small but spiritually alive church, which opened his eyes to new aspects of his relationship with God and the church.  After moving to Taunton in 2009 with Jo and Erin (now also Harris and Verity) they began the search for a new church but only ever went to one, Wellsprings, where they were welcomed and found their home. In Ipswich Laurent and Jo led an 18-30s House Group for several years.  At Wellsprings he co-led a group for older teenagers.  Currently, with Paul Lambert, Laurent co-leads the Children and Young Person’s Ministry Team. Laurent’s other interests are almost anything active and outdoors as well as gadgets and technology.  He loves hill walking and wild camping, the more remote the better and regularly runs and swims.

Vanessa Redwood

Vanessa was born and raised in Devon. As a child, she attended the local Baptist Church which was just 30 metres from her family home, so there were no excuses for being late to church. She became a Christian as a child and has been actively involved in church life since she was baptised as a teenager. She’s married to Andrew, whom she has known since childhood, and together they have two grown-up children, Hannah and Ben. Andrew runs a joinery business near Wellington and for the past 35 years, Vanessa has been a nurse in Somerset, a role which she loves enormously despite the many challenges.

Together, Andrew and Vanessa came to Wellsprings Chapel in 1990 and have remained. She feels her faith has developed as she’s gained her own personal understanding of the bible and the life I feel God wants her to lead. She has had various roles within the church and feels her giftings are to work practically and with people. In her spare time, she enjoys the beautiful countryside that Somerset has to offer. She attempts to keep fit however this is counterbalanced with her love of food.


Tiff was born and raised in a former mining village on the edge of Leeds and went to a Methodist Church there with his parents. He made a decision to become a Christian aged 13 during a Mission Week at his school run by a Christian band. At 20 he joined Youth For Christ and then spent 18 years as a full-time Youth and Schools Worker, setting up and leading projects in Bristol, Exmouth and Plymouth, and teaching and training other
youth workers from all over the South West. He married Suzy in 2000 and now has two school-age children, Harry and Rosie. Tiff began working as the Church Community Worker at Wellsprings in 2008, a role which includes Bible teaching and leading the Outreach Ministry Team, helping the church to connect with the local community. He also works for Moorlands Bible College, lecturing the “Old Testament” and “Biblical Theology” units of their theology degree course.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching (but, sadly, no longer playing) all sports, and juggling with carving knives!


Ian Glass

Ian was born in Manchester in 1983 but raised in Taunton where he’s lived for most of his life. He became a Christian at a local Christian camp at a young age and has been a regular attender at Wellsprings Community Church for many years since then. He currently works for the NHS as Deputy Service Manager for the Somerset Diabetic Eye Screening Programme. He’s been married to Laura since 2012 and they have one Son together, Nathaniel . In his spare time, Ian enjoys the outdoors, photography and anything “techie”. As well as being on the Leadership Team, Ian is also a member of the Support Team.