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Our Minister

It's a privilege for me to be the minister for the good folks at St. Andrew’s Church. I'm also the minister for West Moor Methodist Church, and Chair of the Hand in Hand Project (a project of the Newcastle Central & East Methodist Circuit which supports isolated elderly people).

I grew up in Guisborough, a town on the edge of the North York Moors, so, while I’m not quite in my native Yorkshire, I am genuinely delighted to be in the North East. I’ve been a Methodist Minister since 2003.

Before going “into the ministry” I worked for a computer software company in Liverpool. After training at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham, I served my first appointment in Acomb, near York, and then spent seven years ministering in the North West Durham Circuit, and based in the village of Lanchester.

I am married to Tracey (who is a Minister in the South West Tyneside Circuit) and we have two grown up children, Jack and Cameron. We live in the manse that goes with Tracey's appointment, in Whickham. (Since Tracey had previously done the commuting from where I was stationed, it's now my turn to do the travelling!)

I love music, and I am a keen musician, singer and songwriter (and occasionally include this in my preaching and leading of worship). I hope that you’ll forgive me for being a Middlesbrough FC supporter (well, someone has to be – but I am happy to see all the North East teams do well). I enjoy camping and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

Every blessing,

Gavin


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