Church by the Bay


Gerry Straker

Pastor and Elder

As Elder, Gerry is jointly responsible with Jon for leading Church by the Bay according to God's Word the Bible. As Pastor, he is the main Bible teacher. His full-time job is to teach, pray and train others. 

Gerry is married to Catherine and they have a son, Jack, and three daughters, May, Izzy and Phoebe. The Straker family have lived in the West End since July 2008 and love living in Morecambe.

Gerry trained at Oak Hill Theological College and was Assistant Pastor at Moorlands Church, Lancaster for 3 years. Before training for the ministry, Gerry worked for St John’s Lindow in Cheshire and in university administration.

Gerry used to play a lot of sport, and still attempts running, cycling and football.

Jon Lindsay


Jon is jointly responsible with Gerry for leading Church by the Bay according to God's Word the Bible. 

Jon is married to Hannah, and they have two sons, William and Henry. Jon grew up in Yorkshire and moved to the North West in 2003 for university - and it was while he was a student he became a Christian. After graduating, Jon worked for Moorlands Church, Lancaster for two years, and has now lived in Morecambe for eight years, and loves it! At Church by the Bay Jon leads the music and a Real Food group. He and Hannah love to hear God speaking through his powerful word for themselves and want to help more people in Morecambe hear God speak. Jon is a primary school teacher, which he thinks may just be the best job in the world. In his spare time Jon enjoys bacon, talking too much about football and music, and being outside; sometimes all at the same time!

Caz Toye

Families Worker

As Families Worker, Caz is our second full time worker. Under our elders, she trains the children's team, teaches our children and helps with our women's work. 

Caz grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland but quickly found she loved the North West of England when she spent 4 years in Carlisle as a student and then as a Ministry Trainee at Carlisle Baptist Church. Caz trained at Oak Hill Theological College before moving back North to Morecambe in 2017 to join Church by the Bay as our Families Worker. She is excited about sharing life with and seeing whole families grow in their love for Jesus. In her spare time you will find Caz enjoying music (tapping along to the drum rhythm), frequenting anywhere that sells good food and adventuring into the Lakes.

Emily Pitchers


A good number of people work very hard for our Church family. Several give hours in the day that could be work time to do voluntary work to serve our Church: this is our Office TeamEmily helps with Church admin three mornings a week.  

Emily trained as a Youth and Community worker at University of Cumbria. Emily is married to Quinton and they have two girls: Alice and Annie. She has been part of Church by the Bay since the beginning. When Emily is not in the office she spends her time at home bringing up her girls. She enjoys photography, walks and bike rides along Morecambe's beautiful prom.