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.
Mike and Rosemary Hendry. Together they have seen the growth of their Azunguya bee keeping project, empowering and encouraging the men of Kunkhongo village, Malawi, in harvesting honey and the carpentry skills for making bee hives and thanks to Greenside Parish, the village has a maize mill too. They love to pray with people and see God at work. Mike's an encourager, approachable and willing to help where he can. Both are currently undergoing training, Mike as Reader and Rosemary as Ordinand, which has opened up further preaching and leading opportunities. Rosemary says 'Tom has included us as part of the team sharing the chalice with communicants at the Eucharist services. It's an amazing privilege to do this, as each person is special, made in the image of God'. Both are looking forward to their seven months of Placement training, which will take them outside the parish and help them further appreciate diversity within the Church of England. Many previous activities have been curtailed for now, to free up the necessary time needed for their studies with Lindisfarne College of Theology.
Beth Gascoigne is one of our church wardens, and is also part of the St. John’s Community Hall team. She is married to Paddy and lives and works in Stocksfield. Their son, Will, works in Bristol.
Beth has been a Christian since 2015, and loves the adventures God takes her on. She also loves being part of Greenside Parish and taking an active role in the church. She’s a good communicator, organiser and encourager.
Beth enjoys reading and socialising, especially over coffee and cake with friends! She also loves exploring her faith at conferences and on courses, and holidaying throughout Europe with Paddy.
Janet Bertola, also a churchwarden ... (Info to follow shortly)
Simon Spencer 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. Simon is now an ordinand, studying withLindisfarne College of Theology.
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 Pastoral Care. We love her caring heart and benefit from her wisdom and vast experience. She also serves in many other ways, including leading church services, flower arranging and giving Holy Communion to people within their own homes or within ur local care homes. She is loved and respected by us all.
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 heads up our Home Groups, and also serves in preaching, sound desk and prayer teams. 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, including Sunday Club and other youth activities. Eric, along with several others, attended a Godly Play training course and is excited about using Godly Plays in church and in the groups.