OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Jonathan has been the minister at the People's Church since September 2008. He originally comes from Watford but has lived around Manchester since he was 8 years old. He studied at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester and served 2 years on a placement with Hope Church Manchester (now Christ Central Manchester) while studying. After completing his studies Jonathan joined the Hope staff for a year overseeing students and 20s work, before God called him to the People's Church. He is married to Caroline, who was a teaching assistant in Little Hulton until she became a mum to their three young children. Caroline was part of Eden Swinton for 4 years, working with the young people of the Valley Estate there. Both Jonathan and Caroline are passionate about seeing a growing, thriving church that is relevant to the culture it finds itself in, sharing the timeless truth of Jesus' Gospel in accessible ways for the people of Partington. Jonathan oversees our team of deacons, Sundays and ministry, teaching and direction. Jonathan is on Sabbatical from mid May - mid August 2019. He will not be contactable on church related matters during that period.
Deacon overseeing Mission, & Church Secretary
Andy Lancey serves the church as our deacon overseeing Mission which consists of oversight and support of our teams for Love Partington, and our regular missional activities; Playdate, Who Let the Dads Out, Knit and Natter, as well as some of our one-off events. He is married to Ruth, and they have two young children. They have been part of the People's Church for a number of years having moved to Partington to coincide with getting married. Following a year of travelling and seeing the world, they both felt God call them to Partington to get involved with the church, and have become committed and active members. Together, Andy and Ruth are directors and pioneers of the Hideaway, a fantastic facility in the heart of the local community. You can find out more about The Hideaway here. Andy supports Portsmouth FC and the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Hockey team (any team that begins with P, really), and he and Ruth are heavily involved in the worship life of the church.
Deacon, overseeing Pastoral care
Debbie Burr serves the church as our deacon overseeing Pastoral Care. She has been married to Jonathan for 34 years. They have four grown-up children, three are married and they have recently become grandparents. Debbie was brought up going to church and has been a Christian for more than 40 years. Prior to coming to People’s Church, she was part of a pastoral care team at Altrincham Baptist Church for many years and loves visiting people to encourage and support them. She is also currently studying for a diploma in theology. In leisure time Debbie enjoys going for walks with their Old English Sheepdog, Tess, cooking and baking, as well as meeting friends for coffee.
Deacon, overseeing Discipleship
Mike serves the church as our deacon overseeing Discipleship, which covers our prayer life, supporting the worship team, people development and emerging leaders. Mike is married to Dawn and they have one grown up daughter. They have served in the life of the church for a number of years now. Mike is a gifted musician and worship leader who teaches mechanics at college level. Dawn helps as our Administration support in the life of the church.
Deacon and Treasurer, overseeing Operations
Fiona Norton serves the church as our deacon overseeing 'Operations' which includes all the stuff that keeps the church functioning well! Operations includes oversight of our building, our cleaning team, our systems, policies and practice, as well as finance, book keeping and the role of Church Treasurer. Fiona has been a Christian since the early 90s and moved around the country through different jobs, moving to Manchester in 2004 to work in Finance for a Christian Youth Charity. After a break from work in 2009, Fiona went travelling around some of the world, but on her return felt called to be back in Manchester. After a couple of years, she felt called to be part of People’s Church and moved to Partington to be part of the church family and community here. Numbers may be her job, but she has also been known to do a bit of DIY (even learnt about laying railway track in Wales), loves to take photos of places and nature. Fiona likes to spend time with friends and family, especially with a home cooked meal.
Deacon, overseeing Building and Grounds
Steve has been part of the church since 2015 and serves as our deacon with oversight of the church building, which includes maintenance and safety of the church facilities. He works in healthcare as a Research Analyst with NICE. He is married to Raquel and their young son Philip keeps Steve fit as a fellow football fanatic. Steve is also a keen cyclist and long distance runner, and has completed a number of fundraising marathons. Raquel is a nurse, and her passion for caring extends to hospitality and kids teaching at the church.
Eden Team Leader
Karen has been a member of our Eden team since 2014 and took on the team leader role in September 2017. Until recently she was also a teacher with TLG Manchester, a school for young people in crisis in their education, but she has stepped back from this work to focus more time on her role with Eden Partington. Before joining the team, Karen completed a Masters in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology whilst leading the youth work at Deane Parish Church in Bolton and working as a Speech and Language Therapist.
Karen is passionate about young people knowing that they are loved by God and supporting them in becoming all that they were created to be as they discover their worth and potential.
If you would like to know more about the work of the Eden team, or think you might want to get involved, contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a growing church, we have an extended leadership of 'Wider Leaders', made up of people with oversight responsibility for different areas of church life. This includes Kids' Church, Safeguarding, Youth Church, Men's Ministry, Ladies' Ministry, Small Groups, CAP, Community Outreach and others. Our wider leaders are a more fluid group specifically around whether a person is overseeing part of church life, rather than deacons, who are nominated, called and affirmed through the church meeting as those recognised and called by the church to lead and serve the church.
As part of our commitment to love God and love the community, we take the wellbeing and safeguarding of children, young people and adults very seriously. Jill Blower leads our Safeguarding Team, and Debbie Burr is our trustee for Safeguarding. Every person who serves in our children's work and with young people are fully DBS checked, also going through Safeguarding Training and an application process for their roles. A full copy of our safeguarding policy is available upon request.