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Asif Karam

I believe where He guides, He provides. Church ministry has taken me from Baghwala to Britain. I am from Pakistan and have been minister since 1998. I never knew that one day I will be called to share this life changing message (gospel) among those who first shared that message to my forefathers. What a privilege it is to serve and encourage one another as a family. I am married to Rohama....

Rohama Asif

My name is Rohama Asif. I am married to Asif Karam and we have three lovely daughters. I am stationed in the Bede Circuit where I have pastoral change of St Andrew's, Glebe and Springwell Methodist....

Neil Maynard

I am the Rev Neil Maynard and responsible for St Luke's, Hebburn, Monkton Park in South Tyneside and Felling and Windy Nook churches in Gateshead. I live in Hebburn with my wife Alison and Smokey the cat. I am originally from Stockport just south of Manchester though my mother actually lived in the circuit before she was married. My interests include football, I support Manchester....

Huw Sperring

The Bede Circuit is my fourth appointment in twenty five years of ministry in the Methodist Church. I have pastoral care of four churches which include St. Mark`s, Sheriff Hill, Wesley Memorial and Kibblesworth. I am chaplain to the Hardman Centre which offers help and care to young families and elderly people in Gateshead.My interests include playing the piano, eating curry, watching....

Deborah Wainwricht

My name is Rev Deborah Wainwright. I grew up in the north east, Consett being my home town. My first job was in the NHS in Newcastle. Almost 24 years later, I was ordained as a Methodist minister and spent 15 years serving churches in West Yorkshire. Since September 2017, I have been working with Lorna Hall (Lay Pastoral Worker) within the four South Shields Methodist Churches — Harton,....

Matthew Barrick

Hi my name is Matt, I'm the circuit youth worker. My work is based at St Marks, Windy Nook, West Harton & Wrekenton. I live with my wife Tara and our 2 year old daughter Phoebe. I enjoy watching and playing lots of different sports, I'm a big fan of....

Lorna Hall Pastoral Lay Worker

My work involves identifying and meeting pastoral needs of the congregations, especially those who are sick, bereaved and housebound.An important part of my work is to encourage the churches to work together and also help out within the groups — for instance leading, speaking and assisting at adult and children's activities.It is my privilege to lead a lively and rewarding....

Sharon Lee Children & Family Worker

Hi I'm Sharon and I am the Families and Children's Worker and I work across three Churches in the Bede Circuit, St Mark's, Kibblesworth and Wesley. I am responsible for leading and resourcing Messy Church and coordinating a team of volunteers drawn from all 3 Churches. I also lead and develop mainly music at St Mark's and seek new initiatives to engage with families on....

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Ian provides mentoring and practical help to support church members in....

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