Staff & Volunteers
Our Senior Pastor recently accepted a call elsewhere so our congregation is currently vacant and looking for a new pastor.
Dr Harrison Perkins is from the United States. He has a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast in historical theology and a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California. Harrison is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and has worked as a student intern at both New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside and New Life Presbyterian Church, La Mesa. During his time in Belfast he served as Assistant Minister at a Presbyterian Church in Ireland congregation in Saintfield.
Harrison is married to Sarah, who is originally from San Francisco.
Elders: In addition to our Pastor and Assistant Pastor, we have 3 additional elders who administer the government of the church and meet the spiritual needs of our members. The Kirk Session is made up of Mr Gabriel Amorim, Mr Dick Haffenden (Session Clerk), and Mr Adam de Jong.
Deacons: We currently have 4 ordained Deacons who carry out the work of mercy ministry in the congregation and attend to the material running of the church. Our Deacons are Mr Calum Campbell, Mr Peter Huey, Mr Bob Keay (Clerk to the Deacons’ Court), and Mr Jack Shannon.
Laura Bol has served voluntarily as our Church Administrator for 6 years. Organising rotas, preparing service sheets and answering everyone’s questions about the day to day running of the church are just some of the things she does! Originally from Canada, Laura speaks English, Dutch, Afrikaans and is learning Portugese. Somehow, she also manages to fit in a full time job at London City Mission.
Jennifer McCullough has looked after the congregation’s money since 2008. She pays the bills, prepares annual accounts, keeps up to date with the Gift Aid scheme – and a lot more. She does this on a voluntary basis and with no financial or accountancy training she has successfully learnt everything on the job! Jennifer also works full time, and is actively involved in her local Scout group.
There are many others who are instrumental to the running of our church. Stewards, musicians, singers, creche carers, Sunday School teachers and assistants, tech team members, tea/coffee makers, lunch organisers… the list goes on. Although a lot of our activities are currently suspended, we are always delighted to have new volunteers!