Meet the team
Ben & Ellie Doolan
Ben and Ellie are the leaders of St Thomas’. They were previously at The Belfrey in York before moving to the North East. Ben is on the National Leadership Team for New Wine and oversees their 18-30s ministry. Both Ben and Ellie have a passion for seeing young adults come to know Jesus. Ben is a huge Hull City FC supporter, Ellie is a gifted worship leader and they both love great food!
Lee is our Resourcing Minister, working with Ben, Ellie and the team to grow a church that plants churches across the city of Newcastle and in the Diocese of Newcastle. He is also Head of Youth for New Wine England, helping to resource youth ministry nationally through their summer gatherings and locally through regional training events. Lee is married to Rachel and they have two daughters, Amara and Phoebe.
Margaret leads the Operations Team at St Thomas’. She has previously been the Operations Manager at a large church in London and has volunteered for the Diocese of Newcastle on the Pathways Mission Team. She loves travelling, walking and cooking!
Will oversees worship at St Thomas’. He is married to Mim and they love writing and recording music together (head over to willandmimjohnson.com to have a listen). Both Will and Mim are secondary school teachers.
As Media Manager Luke oversees all things media, creative and communications at St Thomas’. Luke was born in Sheffield and grew up in York. He loves design, photography, good coffee and travelling in his campervan!
St Thomas’ exists for everyone in Newcastle, which we think is an incredible city!
We are a community that is being formed by Jesus and we are praying for God’s Kingdom to come in Newcastle as it is in heaven. We believe that the good news about Jesus Christ is the best news for the world and so we do not exist for ourselves, but so that everyone might encounter the new life that Jesus has won for us. St Thomas’ is strategically located right in the heart of Newcastle and is surrounded by the two universities, retail, leisure and is right next door to some of the main transport hubs in the city. We long to see the many people who live, work, study and play in the city encounter the love of God.
Everyone is welcome to come and join us on a Sunday, whether you have been following Jesus for decades or have never been to a church before. We would love to meet you!
In the coming years St Thomas’ will be planting churches across the city of Newcastle and beyond, and we would love for you to be part of the adventure that God is calling us on.
Diocese of Newcastle
We love belonging to the Church of England and we are part of the Diocese of Newcastle. The Diocese of Newcastle is all the Church of England churches in the region north of the river Tyne that are working to be a Christian presence in every community. You can find out more by checking out their website.
The launch of St Thomas’ as a ‘Resource Church’ has been made possible by the generosity of a church in York, The Belfrey. The Belfrey exists to serve God’s Transformation of the North and a team from this church in York has moved to the North East to see Jesus transform many lives in the fantastic city of Newcastle.
New Wine is a family of churches that seeks to equip those in the local church to see the nation changed. We gather throughout the year as a family of churches to celebrate together, learn from one another and pray for God’s Kingdom to come. We also gather in the summer at New Wine’s summer gathering: United.