DRUMGLASS PARISH   |   DUNGANNON & MOYGASHEL

 

Our staff

Bryan Martin (Rector or Senior Minister)

What do you get up to during the week?

I lead the staff team in Drumglass Parish and have the privilege of overseeing all the ministry that goes on there.

Family, kids, pets?

I am married to Lesa, and we have a girl and two boys – Joel, Tamah and Elijah. We have a cat and four fish (we try to keep them separate).

Likes and dislikes about Dungannon and Moygashel

Likes: You are literally in the middle of Northern Ireland. Having moved to Dungannon from a village, it’s great living in a rural town with lots of good coffee shops… it’s a great place to live. It’s also exciting to see that in our area, the world lives on our doorstep. God has been so gracious in bringing new cultures to our area.

Dislikes: Trying to get out of my driveway between 8:30am – 3:30pm… the school traffic is crazy!

Two-sentence testimony

I grew up in a church attending family and heard about Jesus from an early age, but it wasn’t until I went through confirmation did I understand that it was through Jesus’s death and receiving Christ for myself that I was made right with God.

1 Timothy 1:15; Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

Matthew Topley (Curate or Assistant Minister)

What do you get up to during the week?

No two weeks are the same, but I get to spend about 90% of my time either telling people about Jesus or preparing and studying for this. What an amazing privilege to help people know Jesus more wherever they’re at!

Family and hobbies?

I’m joyfully married to Erin (an Aussie) and a proud dad to Lilly (a half Aussie). I enjoy running and cycling, making music, and drinking good coffee.

Likes and dislikes about Dungannon and Moygashel

Likes: the people (very friendly and welcoming) and the hills (when I’m running down them!).

Dislikes: the double set of traffic lights on the Killyman Road (am I the only one who gets two red lights in a row?) and the hills (when I’m running up them).

Two-sentence testimony

I grew up in a home where my parents loved Jesus and faithfully showed me what it meant to serve him. When I was a teenager, I came to realise that the Bible stories I learnt as a kid were more than just stories, that they were “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12)—life changing, in fact!

Kerry Stewart (Kids & Youth)

What do you get up to during the week?

I try to organise the running of kids and youth groups and events. Some of this work is pretty standard week to week, but other parts of the job vary significantly which is one element I really enjoy.

Family and hobbies?

I love sports so in my free time I’m either doing, watching or talking about sport.

Likes and dislikes about Dungannon and Moygashel

The people are undoubtedly the best thing about Dungannon and Moygashel. What I dislike is that this area is operating nowhere close to it’s potential. There is so much more that could be happening to enhance the town. Also, the traffic in the mornings and at closing time is a joke!

Two-sentence testimony

I grew up going to church with my family, attending Sunday school and youth groups so Christianity was all very normal to me. It wasn’t until I left University that I started to really ask questions about what it’s truly about, and that’s Jesus. It’s all about Jesus.

Samantha Sharkey (Office administrator)

What do you get up to during the week?

You will find me in the church office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and I am usually your first point of contact with the church and its team. Some of my weekly tasks involve answering phonecalls, replying to emails, helping prepare any leaflets required for the week ahead as well as maintaining our members’ database. Basically working on all things communication!

My week starts with a staff meeting, Bible study and prayer (and coffee) with Bryan, Matthew and Kerry where we plan for the coming week and future events. I can’t think of a nicer way to start a working week!

Family and hobbies?

I am married to Clive and we have one son, a dog, two cats and two fish. In my spare time I love to create different craft items or upcycle items for our home. As a family we enjoy going for walks with our dog and relaxing with a good film on the sofa.

Likes and dislikes about Dungannon and Moygashel

Likes: Most of our family and friends live in or around the Dungannon and Moygashel area so it is easy to meet up regularly.

Dislikes: All the hills! Everywhere you turn there is another hill to walk up or down.

Two-sentence testimony

I came to know and have a faith in Jesus through a work colleague at the age of 21. Her faith and love of God struck a chord in my heart and over the course of a year God began the mammoth task of shaping me into the person He believed I should be.

Other staff:

Christina McCrea
Pastoral assistant

David Thompson
Organist

Kenny McIlroy
Sexton (St. Anne’s)

Karen Robinson
Cleaner (St. Elizabeth’s)