Revd Canon Erik Wilson – Vicar
Erik is responsible for St Barnabas Church and is married to Jane, who is a schoolteacher at Ayresome Primary School; they have two grown up sons, Andrew and Paul. Erik trained as a curate at St Barnabas Church before moving to Hull where they spent ten happy years and was vicar of St Martin’s parish. They returned to Middlesbrough in 1998 when he became vicar. Erik says “We love St Barnabas and the area in which it is set. Seeking to follow Christ has led us in to adventures and challenges we would never have dreamed of and we are deeply grateful to God for calling us into the kingdom of his Son.”
Revd Tessa Stephens – Associate Minister and Teesside University Chaplain
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
Sam 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.