About the Synod

Synod Resources Committee and Trust

 

Convenor - Jean Mullineux

 
Jean Mullineux

As Convener of Synod Resources Committee and Chair of Trust it is Jean’s role to ensure that matters relating to property and finance are managed effectively and appropriately; and as Chair of the Trust Company to ensure it acts as Custodian Trustees for property and investments on behalf of the Synod and of the local churches.

 

Moderator - [in vacancy]

 

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Clerk - Revd Brian Jolly

 

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Brian is currently a Minister serving at Altrincham URC and has also served in Stockport, Bolton and Blackburn.
As Synod Clerk, Brian is responsible for much of the administrative life of our Synod and, in particular, organising Synod meetings and Synod Executive Committee meetings. He has line management responsibilities for some of the office staff and works with the Officers and serve on the Executive and Resources Committees.

 

Vice Chair & Synod Property Officer -

& Central Area Representative

Revd Mike Aspinall

 
MikeAspinallMike is recently retired from working as a Building Services Consultant for 41 years, and hence bring a considerable amount of experience to the position of Synod Property Officer.  

Synod Treasurer - Mike Hart

 

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Finance Officer - [in vacancy]

 

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Cumbria Area Finance Representative - [under appointment]

 
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Cumbria Area Finance Officer - [under appointment]

 

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Lancashire Area Representative - Mr Danny Wilson

 

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Lancashire Area Finance Officer - Gordon Bell

 

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Central Area Finance Officer - Neil Carter

 
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South Area Finance Officer - [under appointment]

 

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South Area Representative - Philip Jones

 

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Staff & Officers

Moderator - [in vacancy]

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Clerk - Revd Brian Jolly

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Brian is currently a Minister serving at Altrincham URC and has also served in Stockport, Bolton and Blackburn.
As Synod Clerk, Brian is responsible for much of the administrative life of our Synod and, in particular, organising Synod meetings and Synod Executive Committee meetings. He has line management responsibilities for some of the office staff and works with the Officers and serve on the Executive and Resources Committees.

Treasurer - Mike Hart

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The Synod Treasurer sets the budget, helps local churches understand their contributions to the URC and Synod budget, leads on the Synod grants' programme which supports our churches with around £100,000 a year. The treasurer works closely with our finance worker, and with the other Officers, and the Treasurer serves on the Executive and Resources Committees.

Trust Chair - Jean Mullineux

Jean Mullineux

As Convener of Synod Resources Committee and Chair of Trust it is Jean’s role to ensure that matters relating to property and finance are managed effectively and appropriately; and as Chair of the Trust Company to ensure it acts as Custodian Trustees for property and investments on behalf of the Synod and of the local churches.

Property Officer - Mike Aspinall

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Mike is recently retired from working as a Building Services Consultant for 41 years, and hence bring a considerable amount of experience to the position of Synod Property Officer.

Staff

 

Office Manager and Moderator's PA - Hazel Wall

Office Manager - Hazel WallHazel Wall has worked for us since 1994 and helps the office to run smoothly. She works, in particular, with the Moderator, Clerk and a large part of her role is organising the Clerk in particular around Synod Meetings.

Administrative Assistant - Kerry Later

KerryLaterKerry Later has worked for us since 2008 and Supports Hazel in the smooth running of the office. Kerry’s duties include Audio typing, filing, emails, Church Returns and other office duties.

Finance Officer - David Wyke

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Legal and Trust Officer - Adelle Hartwell

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This role-holder advises the Synod Resources Committee and churches of the various legal aspects of our life together - particularly over the sale and rent of property ensuring we work within the provisions of the URC Acts and charity law.

Learning & Development Officer - Tim Mountain

TimMountainTim is a Baptist minister who pastored churches in Kent and Lincolnshire for some 25 years. In October 2016 Tim was appointed to a role shared between the North Western Synod (Learning and Development Officer) and Northern College (Support and Development Tutor).

His Synod responsibilities include tutoring an Introductory Course for candidates accepted for training for URC ministry, overseeing EM2 ministerial development, and organising learning and training opportunities for EM3 ministers. His college role includes supporting EM1 ministers through their training.
He is married to Shirley and they have two adult children. He has been a Spurs supporter since childhood, through which he learns lessons about hope and shattered dreams.

Children & Young People's Officer - Leo Roberts

Learning Development Officer Youth Childrens Work - Children & Young People's Officer: Leo RobertsLeo is the Children and Youth Development Officer (CYDO) for the North Western Synod. He is responsible for encouraging and enabling local churches to more effectively meet the needs of the children and young people in the community served by the church - whether in church groups or in the local community. 

Safeguarding Advisor - Julie Rafferty

JulieRafferty.jpgJulie is the Synod Safeguarding Advisor and her main responsibilities are…:

  • Delivery of safeguarding training to ministers and safeguarding coordinators
  • Creating safer environments within the church, ensuring that key individuals have current DBS checks in place
  • Responding to safeguarding allegations and concerns
  • Ensuring that churches have up to date Safeguarding policies and procedures

If anyone wants any help or advice, I am contactable on: or 07964 981262.

Mission & Discipleship Mentors:

Lancashire Area - Revd Daleen ten Cate

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Central Area - Revd Darren Holland

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South Area - Revd Dave Fraser

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We feel privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside all the churches in the North Western Synod and to grow together in our discipleship and being part of God’s mission.

In our role as Mission & Discipleship Mentors, we will endeavour to discern, work with you, and support you as part of a vision or plan which you already have in place. Therefore, our support will be bespoke, sustained and targeted. We will work alongside you to do Jesus-shaped planning, Jesus-shaped action and Jesus-shaped reflection. We will endeavour to support you with worship and preaching resources, Bible study resources, personal reflection resources and Jesus-shaped change resources.

We are excited, to follow Jesus on this ‘road trip’ alongside you, to learn from Him and each other, to enable us to make a Jesus-shaped difference in our communities and in the wider world.

 
 
 
 
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Ministries Committee

The Learning and Ministry Committee meets three times a year and attends to all matters pertaining to the learning support of Stipendiary and Non Stipendiary Ministry, Church Related Community Work, Lay Training, Young People and Children. It is also concerned with those candidating for ministries within the NW Synod of the URC and supports Learning and Development Officers within the Synod and the mission of the Synod.

Convenor - Revd Martyn Coe

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Candidate Secretary - Revd Dr Lesley Hussleby

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CRCW - Liz Kam

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Learning & Development Officer -
Revd Dr Tim Mountain

TimMountainTim is a Baptist minister who has pastored churches in Kent and Lincolnshire over a period of 25 years before taking up a tutor post in 2013 at Northern Baptist College in Manchester.

In October 2016 Tim was appointed to a role shared between Northern College (Support and Development Tutor) and North Western Synod (Learning and Development Officer).

He is married to Shirley and they have two adult children. He has been a Spurs supporter since childhood, through which he learns lessons about hope and shattered dreams.

Tim’s Synod responsibilities include working on the Introductory Course for candidates accepted for training for URC ministry, and he will be working with the EM2 and EM3 programmes for ministers. So, ministers, if you wish to apply for advice about future study or to apply for a grant, Tim’s your person.

Representative of College - 

Revd Dr Rosalind Selby

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Co-opted - Irene John

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Ex-officio - Revd Brian Jolly

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Ex-officio - Moderator - [in vacancy]

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Ex-officio - Jean Mullineux

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Ex-officio - Mike Hart

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Executive Committee

The Synod Executive Committee has a strategic role in drawing together the work of the various Synod Committees, preparing the Synod meetings, and monitoring the work of the Synod. It meets three times a year and consists of the following people:

Convenor - Moderator - [in vacancy]

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Treasurer - Mike Hart

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Clerk - Revd Brian Jolly

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Brian is currently a Minister serving at Altrincham URC and has also served in Stockport, Bolton and Blackburn.
As Synod Clerk, Brian is responsible for much of the administrative life of our Synod and, in particular, organising Synod meetings and Synod Executive Committee meetings. He has line management responsibilities for some of the office staff and works with the Officers and serve on the Executive and Resources Committees.

Ministries Committee - Revd Martyn Coe

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Pastoral Committee - Revd Dr Marion Tugwood

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Resources - Jean Mullineux

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Cumbria Area Pastoral Committee -
Revd Sarah Moore

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Lancashire Area Pastoral Committee -
Marjorie Pitcher

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Central Area Pastoral Committee - 
Revd Nigel Adkinson

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South Area Pastoral Committee - 
Professor Christopher Whitehead

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Co-opted member - Revd Stuart Nixon

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Co-opted member - Revd Mike Aspinall

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Synod Pastoral Committee

The Synod Pastoral Committee is made up of the Area Pastoral Convenors and serves as a co-ordinating group within the Synod over issues such as ministerial deployment.

Convenor - Revd Dr Marion Tugwood

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Ex-officio - Moderator - [in vacancy]

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Ex-officio - Jean Mullineux

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Ex-officio - Revd Brian Jolly

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Cumbrian Area Committee Convenor - 

Revd Sarah Moore

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Lancashire Area Committee Convenor -

Dr Michael Pickles

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Central Area Committee Convenor - 

Revd Nigel Adkinson

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South Area Committe Convenor -

Revd Dr Kirsty Thorpe

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Revd Dr Don Firth

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