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Get to know The Well

We have a big vision for North Swindon, and we're excited to be part of what God is doing in this area.

Since Pattern Church launched in December 2018 there has always been a plan to start ('plant') other new churches in Swindon. The Well is the first one and we're so happy to be in North Swindon. Our team live here and we want to see every person thriving.

We launched in September 2021, starting with an upbeat contemporary service on Sundays and The Alpha Course. Then we launched our toddler group and Crosslight debt advice. Over time we hope to grow a whole range of stuff.


We want to offer times for worship, mid-week programmes which serve and help the community, and we'll also provide ways for people to explore faith for themselves.

If you've never been to church before then we're here for you.

We want to worship Jesus and build community in North Swindon and everyone is welcome.

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The story behind our name

The name of our church comes from an encounter Jesus has with a woman at a well. It's in the Bible, in John chapter 4. This painting is an artist's take on it.


Jesus made a habit of choosing and spending time with the most unlikely people, and this occasion was no different. It's clear that the woman has had a really tough life, and as a result, she feels excluded from the wider community. Jesus sees her, reaches out across cultural barriers, restores her dignity and shares the good news with her.

This woman's life is changed by Jesus and she tells everyone she meets about him. They then meet Jesus for themselves and come to realise that Jesus is "the Saviour of the world". It's wonderful stuff. 

It seems to us, as we start our new church, that today Jesus still wants to meet all sorts of people, from all sorts of backgrounds. Together we'll get to play our part in passing on the good news of Jesus, restoring dignity and changing the community for the better.

About our team

Paul Freeland
Church Leader


Paul moved with Hannah and their girls to Swindon in 2019 to join the team at Pattern Church.

Not coming from a Christian family, he became a Christian in his teens and has been passionate about Jesus and his church ever since. Prior to being in church leadership, Paul worked in fintech in London but that wasn't nearly as interesting. 

Paul is rubbish at sport, OK at the guitar, better at DIY and brilliant at eating ice-cream.  

Karen Reader
Children & Families Pastor

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Karen is passionate about children, their families and Jesus. 

Karen and her husband Garry live in the middle of nowhere with their children, Labrador, two bunnies and countless mice in a ramshackle house which they're slowly loving back into shape.


She used to travel the world as an air hostess, but Karen regards her new role as Children and Families Pastor as her greatest adventure to date and is super excited to explore fun ways to help children grow in their relationship with Jesus. 

Becki Martin
Youth Pastor

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Becki loves supporting young people and has done so ever since university, working within schools, colleges and churches

Becki lives in North Swindon with her husband David, their two little boys and Bear the dog. Not coming from a Christian family, Becki became a Christian aged 18 and is passionate to help young people navigate their teenage years and discover Jesus's love for them.

Josh Bennett
Youth Intern


Josh joined the Well as a youth team intern through Youth for Christ in September 2022 after a year of youth work across the town prior to this.


Growing up in a Christian family, Josh has been around church since he was born but made the conscious decision to give his life to Jesus in 2017.


Josh loves all things outdoors and will regularly be found reading about or watching any sport he can find.

Our partners in mission

We're proudly part of the Bristol Diocese of the Church of England. We are the first plant from Pattern Church, which has a vision to plant churches that plant churches.

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