Meet the Team
Mark is married to Isabel, who’s a driving instructor, and they have four grown-up children. He originally comes from Middlesex. At school he loved science and after graduating with a degree in Chemistry he had a short career as a science teacher before realising he’d much rather teach the Bible. He trained for ordination at Oak Hill College in London and served in parishes in Wolverhampton and Northern Ireland before coming to Lancashire.
He likes to keep fit by riding his bike when it’s not raining.
Mike became a Christian when he was twenty-three while working at Manchester Airport, and left that job when he felt called to Christian leadership. After a few years working for a church in Leyland, and then in Christian retail, Mike and his wife Natalie moved to Oxford to train for ordination at Wycliffe Hall.
After three years in the South, Mike is happy to be back in the North, and along with hill-walking and occasionally running, Mike enjoys watching TV-box sets and films.
Lynne is our Lay Reader, and her main concerns are people, in caring and encouraging, and in developing their faith, either one-to-one or in small groups. She believes that body, mind and spirit must all be nurtured so they intertwine to enable us to live life fully and be the people God created us to be.
Lynne is also on the governing bodies of the church, in Padiham Parish and also at Deanery and Diocesan level.