What we do

The Newland Christian Trust provides:

  • funding for workers in the three churches in the Parish of St John Newland - St John's, Riverside and St Faith's in Dunswell
  • meeting and office space in the Newland Christian Centre.


The Trust currently supports the following full-time staff:

Rev Scott McKay
Associate Minister

Scott works with the Vicar of St John's in the running of the church, preaching, teaching and in pastoral care. He has special responsibility for student ministry and for the church's home groups.

Rev Peter Birnie
Assistant Minister

Peter is part of the staff team at St John's and leads Riverside Church.

Heather Payne
Ministry Assistant

Heather is in charge of the children's and families work at St John's.

Geoff Waring
Ministry Assistant

Geoff has two roles: he is responsible for all things technical in the church (especially sound) and works with senior members of the congregations.

Kay Hampton
Ministry Assistant

Kay works at Riverside Church and helps with young people's activities at St John's.

Jess Hayward
Ministry Assistant

Jess works with students.

Jess Motion
Ministry Trainee

Jess works with women.

Sam Patterson
Ministry Trainee

Sam works with children and teenagers at St John's


There are various ways you can help support this work.