Ministers and Lay Workers

The ministers serving in this circuit are listed below.  There are also several lay workers employed by the circuit.

REV. John Squares

John is Superintendent and, with the other circuit ministers and stewards, has care of the Methodist churches in Durham and Deerness Valley. He has particular pastoral oversight at Elvet,  Framwellgate Moor and North Road Methodist Churches.

Contact John

Rev. Andy [Andrew] Longe

Andy has pastoral charge of Carrville, Bowburn, Brandon, and the local ecumenical partnership at All Saints’, Newton Hall.

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Rev Colin Jackson

Colin is used to looking after rural churches and loves riding his motorbike on pastoral visits but only in good weather! He and his wife, Janet (also a minister), are jigsaw enthusiasts and now the children have flown the nest have only Pierre, their elderly Bichon Frise dog, to keep them company. Colin lived in France for a year and still enjoys Camembert, Chocolat and Citroens. The churches in Colin’s pastoral care are Bearpark, Esh Winning, Pittington, Sherburn Hill,  Langley Park, Sacriston and Witton Gilbert.

Contact Colin

Deacon Ruth Lackenby

Ruth joined the team in 2018 and works alongside the other ministers particularly at North Road and Elvet. Her role is to act as a bridge between people in the church community and the wider community. Prior to being a deacon Ruth worked for many years as a teacher, both in the UK and abroad.

Contact Ruth

Vivienne Neville – at the Circuit Service on 1st Sept 2019 we wished Viv well on her 3 month sabbatical, her appointment with DDVC has come to an end.  We look forward to her re-joining us in her LP training next year 2020.

Former Circuit Children’s and Young People’s Development Worker

Viv was born in Woking in Surrey until her parents moved back to Hartlepool which is where she is now based. She gained her BA Hons Degree from Oxford Brookes then her PGCE (Adult Education) took her into teachViv Publicity Photoing Music in College & Primary Schools.  Followed by 5 years of Children’s Ministry Advisory Work which she loved and found very rewarding, she is very happy to be engaged in this work again.   She has a weekly Gospel Radio Show and is a published international singer songwriter with chart success and national awards.  She is the manager of a few UK artists & has recently set up a Record Label “Dove Records”.  Her passions in life are Children’s, Youth Ministry & Music.  Her aim is to come alongside the churches in the Durham & Deerness Circuit to encourage, resource where needed, offer training towards sustainable projects in fun & engaging environments with the main aim of introducing many more children & Young People to our God who loves, care & has compassion for everyone of us.

Contact Vivienne