Parish of Greenside
Tom Brazier loves to make coffee and curry. He is a husband and father. And he's our vicar.
Most importantly, though, Tom is someone who has discovered that life only makes sense when we give everything to Jesus and ask him to take charge. Since doing this at a young age, Tom has followed a wonderful adventure with Jesus which has eventually brought him from South Africa, where he grew up, to the North East of England to serve as a priest in the Church of England.
Revd. Randy Vickers is now retired. Randy accepted Jesus as Lord in 1975 at the age of 39. He was ordained in 1980 at St. Albans Abbey.
Randy then continued life as a businessman and non stipendiary priest Randy founded The Northumbrian Centre of Prayer for Christian Healing in 1991. He married Jen in 2008 and together they have five children and 9 beautiful grandchildren.
Kathryn Frederiksen is our Lay reader and also heads up our Music Ministry Team. She is married to Anthony and has two adult children, two dogs and two rabbitsI
A Christian for over 30 years, Kathryn is dedicated to serving God in our parish. We thank God for Kathryn and were delighted when she launched her first CD, a few years ago now. She also has the gift of teaching us in a very clear and understandable way.
Simon Spencer one of our Church Wardens. He married Rachel at St John's Church in 2009. Prior to this they went through an Alpha course together, where Simon began to follow Jesus. They have two boys, Henry, and Dylan. Since becoming a Christian, Simon has lived in the parish of his baptism. As a family, they have laid deeper roots, taking on a house renovation in Crawcrook. Now using his home for a weekly home group, he believes that gifts given by God should be used to honour God’s glory. Simon is also a member of St John’s Community Hall management team, where he helps out with the maintenance of the building.
Gloria Johnstone heads up Prayer Ministry. We love the depth and variety of prayer that Gloria has brought to our parish! She also serves in many other ways, including leading a preaching team, flower arranging, providing delicious meals for Alpha courses and giving Holy Communion to people within their own homes. Gloria is much loved and respected by us all.
Mike Hendry is one of our Churchwardens. He also heads up the Home Groups where Bible Study takes place. Mike is married to Rosemary. Together they have a huge interest in their bee keeping project in a Malawian village. Mike is keen to empower and encourage the men of Kunkhongo village through training in bee keeping skills. This includes harvesting & refining the honey and also carpentry skills in making bee hives. He loves to prayer with people and to see God at work. Mike is an encourager, always approachable and willing to help where he can.
Ben Thomas and his wife Kirsty joined the church in 2014 after moving to Clara Vale.
Together they lead the Alpha course within our church. Ben also serves in preaching, sound desk and prayer teams. Both Ben and Kirsty enjoy and value being part of a Life Group; meeting mid-week to spend time with others and reading the Bible.
Ben became a Christian in his early twenties and is passionate about God, the church community and reaching out to the local community. He studied economics at university and has worked in human resources for the last 10 years. Outside church and work, Ben enjoys running, cycling and walking Max the dog.
Eric Hardisty is married to Helen and they have worshipped in the parish since 1980. Helen and Eric both gave their lives to the Lord in 1971.
Eric has served as Co-Warden, Warden and Treasurer and now oversees the work with children and young people being involved with Sunday Club and Friday Rock. Eric, along with several others, attended a Godly Play training course and is excited about using Godly Plays in church and in the groups.