About Plumbline

Plumbline was birthed out of the life, work and ministry of Simon Matthews. The charity was formed to give an administrative and accountable base for Simon and the various projects and people he has helped and served over many years.

The name Plumbline represents some of the strong values Simon has sought to establish such as integrity, clarity and building on good foundations. The plumbline is used by builders to achieve a straight line and is used in a biblical context to represent the clarity and strength of God’s word.

Over the years many people have worked on either a voluntary or employed basis to support Simon’s ministry and to develop a variety of projects. Simon and Plumbline are passionate about helping individuals and organisations to discover and develop their gifts and callings in life.



This really is teamwork and I am so grateful to those who have walked, and are still walking, this journey with me, enriching it with their own gifts and strengths

Simon Matthews


Plumbline is a registered charity number 327271. The Trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity to ensure that it meets its legal obligations, complying with charity law and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator. They ensure that Plumbline is solvent, well-run, and delivers the outcomes for which it has been set up. The Trustees also provide wisdom, advice and support to Simon. For more information from the Charity Commission about the role and responsibilities of Trustees, please click here.

Paul Brown (Chair)

Paul was Pastor of Trinity Life Church Royston for 16 years until handing over the leadership there in 2011 to embark on ministry as a school teacher. He has served as a Plumbline trustee for many years and has a passion for overseas mission. He is married and has three adult children.

Contact: p.brown@tlc-royston.org.uk.

Tony Hodge (secretary)

Tony is Pastor of Newmarket Community Church, having previously served on the leadership team of Trinity Life Church, Royston where he was Treasurer and a Trustee for a number of years.  Before entering full-time ministry Tony worked for 30 years in the public sector as a biomedical science researcher and more latterly a manager working in protection of intellectual property and getting involved in personnel and finance cases too.

Contact: pastor@newmarketcommunitychurch.co.uk.


Roy has served as a trustee for over 30 years, including 28 years as the Chair of the Board. Along with his wife, Dorothy, he pioneered and led Colchester Area Community Church for over 25 years before handing on the leadership during 2009.  Roy and Dorothy now function in a pastor/teacher role in the Plumbline family of churches and more widely, including serving a number of overseas relationships.  Prior to entering into full-time ministry in 1990, Roy was on the senior management development career path of a major UK bank.

Contact: r.wheeler@plumbline.org.uk.


Jonathan works as an insurance underwriter for Lloyds of London and is also pursuing a career in politics. He is Chair of Trustees of Huntingdonshire Community Church.



Trevor Payne

Trevor has been an elder of Huntingdonshire Community Church since 2011. He also volunteers as HCC’s administration manager, working nearly full-time in the church office in the centre of Huntingdon. He coordinates worship in HCC and also leads a small group in the church.

In addition, Trevor is Chair of Transform Work UK, a national charity which supports Christians in the workplace, helping them to form groups which engage with their organisations under the Diversity agenda and are a witness to God in the workplace.

Trevor spent his working life as an engineer in the RAF, retiring in 2013. His last 7 years of service were spent at the Ministry of Defence in London. During this time he led the Christian group in the MOD and was in the leadership team of Christians in Government UK, which brings together the Christian groups in the government departments in London and the UK. In his last year in London, he served as Chair of the organisation.

For several years, he played a large part in organising the Whitehall-wide Carol Service, an event held in Westminster Abbey which draws 2000 civil servants, including senior officials and cabinet members. He was also part of various other activities which encouraged and supported Christians in their work in national government.

Contact: trevor.payne@plumbline.org.uk

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