Church officers

Our elders mainly focus on prayer and teaching the Bible, and our deacons help with practical ministry in the church.

Our Elders

Our elders are:

Revd Dr William (Bill) Schweitzer - our minister
Mr Jonathan Winch
Dr Chris Richards
Revd Nathan Hilton - church planting minister of Sunderland Presbyterian Church

They seek to devote themselves to the Word of God and to prayer, they are elected by the congregation and confirmed by presbytery. They are collectively described as the session and in essence oversee the spiritual life of the congregation.

Our minister Bill is originally from Florida, and came to the UK as a US Marine exchange officer in the RAF. After leaving the services in 2005, he trained for ministry at the Free Church of Scotland College (BTh 2007), and completed research degrees in systematic theology at Edinburgh University (MTh 2005; PhD 2008). Bill is married to Pam, a native of Glens Falls, New York, they have seven children – Mark, Bethany, Mary, Anna, James, Rebecca and Ruth.


Our Deacons

Our deacons are:

Mr Kevin Hilton
Mr Sam Webster
Mr Tony Drummond
Dr Peter Lawley

They look after the church building, organise meetings and take care of administrational concerns. They seek to protect the elders of the church from distraction by logistical/temporal concerns. Kevin is employed part time by our church and works on Mondays, Tuesdays and on Friday afternoons. Peter's role includes that of staff-coordinator and personal assistant to the minister.

Our Ministerial Assistants

We have two ministerial assistants:

Mr Florian Weicken
Mr Benjamin Mitchell

They serve the church and the minister by taking care of administration, planning events, and taking part in both evangelism and teaching. Both Florian and Benjamin  are students at Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, here in the heart of Newcastle.