Leadership Team

Vicar – Vacancy

ErikCanon Erik Wilson, retired as vicar in February 2018 after 19 years.

Revd Tessa Stephens – Associate Minister and Teesside University Chaplain

Tessa Stephens

Tessa was born in Worcester Park in south west London and studied German and Russian at Leeds University. Her early years were spent as a Quaker and she still appreciates the occasional moment of silence amidst a busy family life with husband Gerard and the children, Eleanor, Lucy and Matthew. In her late twenties she became conscious of God’s call to move on from Quakerism and after an Alpha course was baptised and confirmed at St Giles Church in Northampton. She trained for ordination at St John’s College, Nottingham and her curacy was in the Parish of Hipswell which serves the area around Catterick Garrison. Tessa’s role at St Barnabas has a particular focus on developing discipleship and small groups. She is also Chaplain to Teesside University.

Revd Sam Tyndall – Curate

SamSam is a trainee vicar, so he is actively involved in a variety of areas of church life as part of his continued leadership development. He moved to Middlesbrough from York, after completing three years on a new on-the-job training scheme. It’s this love of hands-on community work which led him to Middlesbrough. “I’m excited to see what God is doing at St Barnabas and the ways in which he is reaching out to new groups of people here, whether they are families, students, or the most vulnerable people in our society – God is for everyone and it is a privilege to be part of a church which is trying to live out that message.

Sam is an enthusiastic musician, happy behind the drums, or singing along at the playgroup with his young family. He is also interested in community veg growing, cycling (A-to-B not, like, the competitive stuff…!) and open fires. You can follow him on twitter and instagram at @sam_tyndall.

Barbara Edwards – Administrator

Barbara is based in the office in the church hall. She is responsible for the creation of the weekly notice sheet, the monthly magazine ‘Outlook’, orders of service, the programme card and any number of administrative letters and notes. Barbara is the first point of contact with St Barnabas Church, for many people, including those who want to get married or have their children baptized here. Barbara is married to Phil and they have one grown-up son.

Other Staff

John Ravalde – ReaderJohn_Ravalde


Ken Whiteway

Ken Whiteway – Reader




Peter RushtonPeter Rushton – Reader



Daniel Cuyler – Youth Worker



Natasha Hutzler – Youth Worker


Ann WatsonAnn Watson – Recognised Parish Assistant