Hello! I was born, raised and ordained (1983) in Yorkshire, and now I have lived more than half my life in the North East, having served in Northern Synod in a variety of very different mission environments since 1988. My overall responsibility is the well-being, harmony and nurture of Northern Synod, with a strategic and pastoral overview. I hope to help, by God’s grace, the Synod to be the Synod, and to be the bridge between the United Reformed Church nationally and the local church, while representing Northern Synod ecumenically and in the wider North East communities. I enjoy spending time with close family, travel, and the arts.
I have overall responsibility for the correct accounting, budgeting, financial management and planning of the Synod/Trust finances.
In the past I have been a local Church treasurer, a Parent Teachers Association treasurer, a treasurer of a local charity that helped refugees & asylum seekers and I have been a member of the national URC finance committee. As such I feel I have the necessary skills to bring to the role.
If you feel I can assist you by answering a query related to your local Church’s financial arrangements, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Hello, I’m Mel and I’m the Synod Clerk. My role is varied and interesting and currently I work with Synod Executive and committees to help support churches. I am also working three days a week to develop the Northerly Synods collaboration.
David is also Convener of the Assembly Pastoral Reference and Welfare Committee, a Trustee of the Congregational and General Charitable Trust and a member of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Forum on Korea.
Lisa has a background in Human Resources and is the Operations Co-ordinator for the Synod. She oversees the Administration Team and also co-ordinates the provision of a wide variety of administrative support for the officers and committees of the Synod, the Synod charitable trust and the local churches.
Andy Lie started with Northern Synod on 1 June 2011 and is our half-time Ecumenical & Inter-Faith Officer. His role is concerned with promoting Christian Unity (involving especially local ecumenical partnerships and churches together groups) and engaging in inter-religious issues and relations throughout the region, and hence the over-arching set of twin-themes of embassy and hospitality, presence and engagement. Andy is an Anglican Reader (ie. lay preacher) in Newcastle Diocese for more than 26 years and he’s passionate about long-distance running, with his current tally of 31 marathons!
Having developed, researched and presented many ranges of children’s work including ‘Core Skills’, Godly Play, Messy Church, toddler groups and holiday clubs, I remain passionate about developing links between Churches and their local community, which has led to many school assembly networks being formed, uniformed organisations and other mid-week children’s groups being welcomed to All Age services. As a URC Assembly Accredited Lay preacher, I embrace All-Age intergenerational worship and the joy of spirituality that can be gained within. I work alongside the Synod Youth Advisor to continue to serve the needs of this synod with existing and new initiatives.
I am passionate about connecting with young people with the good news of Jesus. My role working with the Children’s Work Advisor is to support churches in connecting with children, young people and families. This includes developing new projects as well as supporting existing work
I’m Rev’d Jane Rowell and I am the Mission Enabler for Northern Synod. My role is to work alongside churches within the synod to discover their purpose and mission and to advise them etc. I help to equip people for the challenges facing churches today through courses and events such as Growing Leaders. Currently I am also responsible for the synod’s ‘daily prayers’ gathering.
Trevor Jamison is the Minister at Saint Columba’s URC, North Shields, and the Synod Green Apostle, encouraging churches to make caring for God’s creation an integral part of their life and worship. Originally from Belfast, Trevor has been a URC minister since 1995, serving pastorates in Liverpool and Essex, and as Environmental Chaplain for Eco Congregation Scotland. He also worked in a training role with Northern Synod from 2001 to 2006.