Meet the Ministry Team

Welcome to St John's

The church is the people, not the building so we thought you might like to meet the ministry team!


Rev Sarah - Priest in Charge and Assistant Area Dean

I first arrived in Killingworth in June 2016 and have been Priest in Charge since April 2022.

I am interested in the dialogue between faith and science and also serve the Diocese as a Spiritual Director.  I have been a member of The Iona Community for over 20 years. I am Married to Alun and we have four children two at university two still at school.  My interests include drinking coffee, making things with yarn and the MCU films, all of which provide interesting pointers in sermons.


Rev Alan Meighen - Associate Priest

Associate Priest/Airport Chaplain, ex Litigation Solicitor, Scouser, Dad and Grandad, Husband to and carer for ‘she who must be obeyed’, San, one Persian cat -Candy, Toffee (Everton) supporter, MTh (Orthodox studies) so ‘into’ Icons, Jesus Prayer et al, ‘potty’ on Homer’s Odyssey and fan of Bond and Poirot, enjoy Tai Chi and v hot curries.


Rev Dave Walker - PTO

I am a retired priest serving most of my ministry in Southwell Diocese (Notts) and Chester Diocese. I retired to Newcastle almost 10 years ago and live in Forest Hall. My main interests include writing (lyrics, songs and comedy sketches) Leicester City FC and playing golf (badly).

I have been married to Chris for 53 years, have a daughter and a son and one granddaughter. I help out leading worship and preaching at various parishes in vacancy as well as at St John’s.


Frances Pattison - Reader

I enjoy gardening, sewing and knitting. I have a particular interest in encouraging people to explore different ways in prayer .


Hilary Elder - Reader

I am a Lay Reader who joined the parish in March 2023 with a special focus on young people and families in my ministry. When I'm not working in church I writes stories and poems for adults and children. When I'm not working at all I play viola and trombone (but not at the same time), runs (slowly) knits (mostly socks) and laughs as often as possible.

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