Church officers

Our elders mainly focus on prayer and teaching the Bible, and our deacons help with practical ministry in the church.

Our elders

Our elders are Mr J. P. Winch, Dr Chris Richards, and our minister, Revd Dr William M. Schweitzer (Bill).

Our minister Bill is originally from Florida, and came to the UK as a US Marine exchange officer in the RAF. After leaving the services in 2005, he trained for ministry at the Free Church of Scotland College (B.Th., 2007), and completed research degrees in systematic theology at Edinburgh University (M.Th., 2005; PhD, 2008). Bill is married to Pam, a native of Glens Falls, New York.

They have seven children – Mark, Bethany, Mary, Anna, James, Rebecca and Ruth.

Our deacons

Our deacons are Kevin Hilton, Sam Webster and Tony Drummond. They look after the church building, organise meetings and take care of admin. Kevin is employed part time by our church.

Ministerial assistants

We have two ministerial assistants – Nathan Hilton and Florian Weicken. They serve the church and the minister by taking care of admin, planning events, and taking part in evangelism and teaching. Both Nathan and Florian are students at Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, here in Gateshead. Nathan is married to Anna and has two daughters, Mary and Ruth. Florian is married to Veronica.