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Emmanuel Church Durham - Leadership - Alan & Sandra Bell

Alan and Sandra Bell are both from the North East and were formerly teachers. They became members of Emmanuel in 1986. After leaving his profession in 1989, Alan entered full-time ministry and joined the eldership in 1990. In recent years Alan has regularly travelled to churches in India & Albania. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria.

Emmanuel Church Durham - Leadership - Ian & Anne Portwine

Ian & Anne Portwine are both graduates of the University. They have three young children, and live in the city. Ian taught Science for seven years in South Shields, before going full time for the church in 2002, joining the eldership in 2004. He regularly travels to Albania where he is involved in Leadership Training.

Emmanuel Church Durham - Leadership - John & Chris Parker

John Parker & Chris Done met while they were postgraduate students in Cambridge. Shortly after they got married, they moved to the United States for two years. Following some time in the Midlands, they moved to Durham in 1994 and have both worked for the University ever since. John joined the eldership in 2008 and part of his role is to help people develop their Spiritual gifts. Chris is involved in evangelism and has run several Alpha courses.

Emmanuel Church Durham - Leadership - Ali & Claire Scott

Ali and Claire Scott moved to Durham in June 2012, after feeling God's call to Emmanuel, where Ali joined the staff team. Ali had previously been a theology student at Durham University, but it was a completely new venture for Claire! Ali leads the work among the student and 20s community within the church, and joined the eldership in 2013. He and Claire lead a Sunday evening student and 20s community called The Hub in Durham city centre.

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Emmanuel Church Durham - Leadership - Pete & Ali Grey

Pete Gray is our Children's and Youth Worker, looking after everyone aged 16 months to 18 years old. Pete is married to Ali and they currently live in Ushaw Moor. Pete has been working in children's ministry for 20 years and has a passion for children to experience Gods love for them and realise that they are the church of today not of tomorrow.

For 2014/5 we have six FP workers - Tom Amos, Dan Soar, Adam Gye, Sarah Acheson, Rachel Green and John Oliver. They had the opportunity to explain what would be their focus, fears and future for the coming year. If you want to see what they said please click here


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