Ben & Ellie Doolan

Church Leaders

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!

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Lee Kirkby

Resourcing Minister

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 Proud

Operations Manager

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!


Alice Wilkinson


Alice is our Administrator. She works as an administrator for New Wine Youth and has previously worked with students and youth at The Belfrey in York. She was brought up in the British Virgin Islands, has a degree in Psychology and has recently completed a theology course.


Richard Barber


Richard is currently an ordinand at Cranmer Hall in Durham and is on placement with us here at St Thomas’. He was previously a primary school teacher in Yorkshire and is a gifted Bible teacher, worship leader and musician.


Will Johnson

Worship Leader

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.


Luke Porter

Media Manager

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!

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Brogan Hume

Student Worker

Brogan is our Student Worker. He’s from Sheffield and spent two years on team at St Thomas Crookes. He has been the Student Worker at The Belfrey for the past two years. His wife Beth is currently completing a PhD and working at the Laing Art Gallery in the city centre.

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Joel Barwick

Youth Worker

Joel is our Youth Worker. He recently got married to Alicia and they live in Heaton. Joel spent a year at Life Church in Bradford and has been on the Youth Outreach team at The Belfrey for the past year.


Naomi Watson

Children’s Worker

Naomi is our Children’s Worker. She’s from Harrogate and recently did the New Wine Discipleship Year. She has been on the Children’s team at The Belfrey for the past couple of years and works as an administrator for New Wine Youth.


Phil & Frances Harding

Team Pastors

Phil & Frances are our Team Pastors. They live in Gosforth and were previously at St Thomas’ Church in The Groves in York. They have a heart for family and building community, and are both amazing intercessors, prayer warriors and prophets.


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