The Leadership Team


John Paul 

John has been at West Denton Church for 32 years ( I know – he doesn’t look that old!) He’s married to Adriana, and has two sons and two granddaughters – all very special to him.  He enjoys walking in the beautiful Northumbrian hills and the Lakes, spending time with friends in Romania, reading, gardening, playing table tennis and watercolour painting. In a fit of mid-life crisis he recently passed his motorbike test!





George Hawley

George has been at West Denton Church since 2002.  He used to be an atheist until he watched a TV programme and realised Jesus had got hold of his life and wouldn’t let go. He’s good with numbers, which is handy, because he runs an online bookkeeping company, as well as being the church treasurer.





Richard Tarn

Richard has his own boiler repair business.  He’s married to Ali, and is probably the fittest member of the church, despite being a grandfather, because he swims and cycles huge distances.






Bryan Spurr

Bryan is the church secretary.  He became a Christian at university, at least 20 years ago (!)  He plays the tin whistle, and is one of several keen cyclists in the church, having conquered many long distance routes, both in this country and abroad.  Bryan and his wife Mandy have two grown up daughters, and a mad border collie called Phoebe.





 Ian Gillies

Ian Gillies is one of our worship leaders and is a surprisingly interesting accountant.  His dog walks him every day.  He’s married to Anita, and they have three children, one grandson and four hens!







Claire Gallant

Claire is mother to Oliver and wife to Joe.  She works at Gateshead College managing contracts for training and learning.  She thinks she’s too young to be an elder so spends a lot of her energy working with the kids.  She doesn’t always wear those sun glasses!






Part-time Evangelist

Rob Wylie

Rob is currently studying for an MA in Fresh Expressions and lives in North Tyneside with his wife and two miniature Schnauzers.  Past jobs have included postman, gardener, care assistant, milkman and cleaner.  He loves reggae, real ale and Leeds United.