Moderator's Snapshots

Synod Officers and Staff


On Monday the small team of Synod officers and staff met at the Synod Office in Patricroft for lunch together (although our CYDO Leo Roberts & Vice Chair of the Trust John Rea, could not be with us). In the image from left to right are:

  • John Piper, Synod Treasurer
  • Brian Jolly, Synod Clerk
  • Dave Fraser, Mission & Discipleship Mentor (South Area)
  • Hazel Wall, my PA & Office manager
  • [in vacancy], Legal and Trust Officer
  • Kerry Later, Office Secretary
  • Darren Holland, Mission & Discipleship Mentor (Central Area)
  • Jean Mullineux, Chair of the Synod Trust
  • Tim Mountain, Learning & Development Officer (for ministers)
  • Tony Rutherford, Financial Officer
  • Lawrence Moore, Mission & Discipleship consultant

In meeting with my fellow Moderators I have come to appreciate how blessed we are in North Western Synod with the resources we have to provide a “hub” which can support and encourage all our congregations in a variety of ways. At a time when we all feel challenged about the situation most congregations in the UK are experiencing, both as the URC and also our sister denominations, we need to recall the heart of the Gospel which has been entrusted to us. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae, “All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” We are called into being for a purpose – that others may know the love of God in Jesus Christ. Our working together, and the use of all our resources and people, enables us to respond to the Gospel and engage outwards in each of the communities where our congregations are located. To God be the glory!

Please pray for:

  • the work of all our staff as they help our congregations in a variety of specific ways; and for those Synods who are struggling through a lack of resources to support their congregations
  • the encouragement of the Gospel for any of our congregations who feel particularly under pressure, that their strength may be renewed (Isaiah 40:29 – 31)
  • the development of our focus as a Synod on missional discipleship, and as a denomination with Walking the Way, and the additional resource we have in our Mission & Discipleship Mentors; and pray for the interview process as we seek to appoint a Mentor for the Lancashire Area.

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