Rev Linda Tomkinson is the Pioneer Minister to the Mereside Estate and Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Freedom Church St Wilfrid's, Mereside. She is originally from Northern Ireland but definitely feels that Blackpool is now home.
As well as heading the leadership team for Freedom Church Mereside, she also runs the Blackpool Ministry Experience and is an Associate Priest at nearby St Paul's Marton.
She has a deep passion for helping people fulfil their potential and enabling them to live a fulfilled life, promised by Jesus in the gospel of John 10 v 10.
She also loves listening to music in her craft room which she escapes to from time-to-time to work on her latest creation.
Pete is our Community Evangelist; His role is wide and varied and he spends his time chatting to people on the estate, getting involved in community groups, running his ‘Shed Men’ project, teaching bible study and even taking part in assemblies where he is known by the children as ‘Silly Pete’!
He has a deep love for Jesus and a powerful testimony of a life transformed. He is currently training with Church Army in their Evangelist Programme. Pete likes to try and keep fit but after a lifetime of having to keep fit with work (former soldier), admits to struggling to find his trainers most days!
Lizzie is our Youth Worker. She spent a year exploring her vocation and felt a strong call to youth ministry. She spends her time planning our Sunday school group Lighthouse as well as our youth group MYPlace. She also does a lot of work with our local schools, as part of the chaplaincy team at St George’s secondary school twice a week, as well as doing assemblies in Mereside primary! She is often found practising crafts or colouring a picture!
Her favourite ministry has to be holiday club, where primary school aged children on the estate come together for breakfast and learn more about God’s love for them through games and crafts for the morning! However, the leaders’ challenge often fills her with dread!
Alex is working with Freedom Church Mereside as part of the Blackpool Ministry Experience. He is here to explore a range of vocations and roles within the church, so is involved in a big mix of things run through church.
He has been a Christian since he first went to church as Beaver Scout, and he's stayed there ever since. He has come to Blackpool after studying Education Studies at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster and spending 3 months doing Special Needs teaching in a primary school. He feels as though God is calling him towards exploring vocations surrounding youth work, but he's willing to give all types of ministry a go.
He's a massive fan of Harry Potter, and a proud Ravenclaw. He loves anything to do with the great outdoors so can often be found climbing waterfalls in the Lake District. He loves travelling, and last year spent two weeks doing missionary work in South Africa. His favourite place to visit is Italy, and he'd one day love to go back to Venice.