Minister – Rev Stuart Hawthorne
Stuart Hawthorne is our Minister. He is husband to Caroline and Dad to Caleb, Joel, Eli and Mollie. Caroline worked for the Evangelical Alliance NI, then was General Secretary of Presbyterian Women. Now runs her own business – Caroline Jayne Makeup Artistry. The whole family love their sport – football, rugby and whatever else involves a fast moving ball and lots of physical contact! They are keen to become top fans of Waringstown CC.
Stuart was called to our church family after being the Assistant Minister at Abbots Cross. Before this Stuart was the Youth Pastor at Woodlands Presbyterian Church in Carrickfergus which he took up after being a Secondary School Teacher.
Stuart is passionate about the Word of God and loves the local church. He is eager to see the gospel impact the local community and to the ends of the earth. His heart’s desire is to see spiritual renewal and awakening, in this our day as the Spirit of God moves in power.
Children’s and Family Worker – Suzie Taylor
I am Suzie Taylor and I am the Children’s and Family worker. I served last year as a youth and children’s intern but I am now working part time at the church, helping to serve families and children in Waringstown. I studied Early Childhood at Stranmillis University College for 3 years, during which I gained lots of experience on how best to engage kids in learning and how their brains and minds work! I hope to use all the skills and knowledge gained to influence the children’s ministry in WPC.
Within my role, I will be involved in Pathfinders and Discovers (WPC’s Sunday School programmes, held during the Sunday services), Messy Church, Little Lambs, Friday Fun Club and GirlsGroup. I also hope to work closely with the primary school to reach out into the community and ensure every child hears about the love of Jesus. My title is Children’s and Family Worker because I believe family is so important to the child. For most children it is their family who they spend most of their time with, therefore parents have a major influence on the development of the child especially their spiritual growth. As a church we want to help parents by equipping them and training them so they can achieve this and grow in faith as a family.
I love working with children, I love getting to know them and sharing Jesus with them. Each one of them is so precious and so important and I want to make sure they know that! So often in our society our children are overlooked, we refer to them as the next or future generation but actually they are present now, so we need to treat them like that. They are capable of understanding Jesus now and living their life wholeheartedly for Him now…that’s so exciting!!
Suzie Taylor is the Children's and Family Worker in WPC. She has a passion for seeing children and families grow in their faith and come to know Jesus as their Saviour.
Administrative Coordinator – Pamela Forbes
My role in the church is to provide back of house support to the various aspects of the church’s ministry. My principal duties involve managing the database which holds all the contact information for the congregation, producing rotas and fliers and of course the weekly order of service and announcements. There is also a myriad of other jobs, but suffice it to say my working days are always packed and varied.
I’m married to Nevin and we have two children, Rebekah and John who are both at Primary School. As a family we enjoy camping, cycling, reading, arts & crafts and anything that involves us being together! I was Captain of Hillsborough Presbyterian Girls’ Brigade for fifteen years bringing the message of the gospel to a large company of girls of all ages. Anyone that knows me would say I love to be obsessively organised and in control – if I had a motto it would be: A place for everything and everything in its place.
I enjoy my role in WPC as it is varied with a new challenge every day – even though there are days where the challenges outnumber the hours! I look forward to being part of the growing work of God in Waringstown, especially with the exciting new build and all the developments in the work it will bring. I am both excited and challenged by the plans God has for WPC and for my small role in it. The church office door is always open and everyone is welcome.
Youth and Community Ministry Coordinator – Conor Patton
Born and bred in Bangor, never venturing too far away, Conor was previously employed as the Youth and Family worker in his home church, Ballygilbert Presbyterian for three years.
In September 2019 he made the big decision to leave Bangor behind him and come to live and serve God in Waringstown.
Conor is a keen Chelsea football supporter and holds a season ticket for Ulster Rugby, loves outdoor sports and ‘fine dining’ which he confesses he will miss with leaving his parents home to live on his own.
Conor will oversee all the youth ministry, loving nothing more than meeting with young people over a coffee or McDonalds.
We’re excited for what God has planned for Conor as he joins the WPC family and takes on the privileged position of joining in the leadership of our Youth and integration of God’s people in the Community.
Facilities Manager – Brian Taylor
My name is Brian Taylor and I am married to Lorraine and father to three beautiful daughters Alison (married to Andy and living in Edinburgh), Suzie (who works for the church as well) and Rachel.
My role in the church is to look after the buildings, the grounds and the day to day practical side of all that happens in WPC. I am also an elder in the congregation and have a heart to serve the Lord Jesus in this place.
I only took up the post in February 2020 and within 7 weeks, just when I was getting into the swing of things, we went into lockdown due to CoronaVirus. During the past number of months I have continued to look after the property as well as seeing to any pastoral duties that the epidemic created for us.
My role also includes liaising with the building contractor once our new project begins. Frustratingly that has also been delayed during recent months due to Covid but small glimmers of light are on the horizon and God’s timing for everything is always perfect.
I love my God and serving him in this way is a humbling privilege for me. I am always available for a chat, if not on site, at the end of the phone and you can contact me at any time day or night if you think I can help you.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”