Details of the church’s leadership team, and staff, are included here.
Paul Merton - Pastor
Paul is the Pastor of the church - a role which includes teaching, leadership, and pastoral care. Paul is married to Alison. His great loves are their 4 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren; watching his sons play rugby for school, club, and county; supporting Newcastle United; and music and films of all kinds.
Shelagh Garry - Assistant Pastor
Shelagh is our Assistant Pastor and is also one of our worship leaders and has joint responsibility for worship within the church. As well as her leadership responsibilities, Shelagh helps to run our Parent and Toddler group and our Kidz Klub. Shelagh is married to Jim and they have three boys all of whom are actively involved in different ways at church.
An engineer by profession, Jim spends much of his week running his business and investigating accidents. Jim is a key member of our Kidz Klub team where you will find him most Friday evenings generally covered in some kind of gunge! He lives locally to the church with his wife Shelagh and their three boys.
As well as being a member of the leadership team, Angela is the Church Administrator trying to keep things ticking along as smoothly as she can as far as administrative matters and the day to day use of the building are concerned. She was born in Newcastle and has attended WBC all of her life (apart from a 3 year stint away at teacher training college in the 1960s!). She is married to Ron, and they have 2 sons and 3 gorgeous grandchildren (who live in the USA).
The staff team consist of the pastors and three part-time staff:
Angela Wilson, Church Administrator
Janet Wilkinson, Receptionist
Teresa Giffard, Cleaner