Pastor and Elder
As Elder, Gerry is jointly responsible with Jon and John 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 is jointly responsible with John and Gerry for leading Church by the Bay according to God's Word the Bible.
Jon is married to Hannah, and they have three children. Jon became a Christian after moving to the North West in 2003. Jon and Hannah spent a number of years in Lancaster as members of Moorlands Church, where he spent two years in ministry training. They have lived in Morecambe for nine years, and they love this town! Jon and Hannah are passionate about growing the church through God's spoken word. In his spare time, Jon is a primary school teacher, which he thinks may just be the second best job in the world. He enjoys cooking, making music, and being outside - ideally all at the same time.
Ben is married to Caz, whom he met while training for Christian ministry at Oak Hill College in London. They got married while Caz was the Families Worker at Church by the Bay and loved the church so much they wanted to stay a bit longer. Having grown up in south Wales he now considers himself a missionary to the English.
Before joining the staff team at church Ben worked for a special educational needs school in Cumbria. He can't quite get his head around the fact he now gets paid to introduce people to Jesus in the Bible. Ben likes all things rugby, cricket, guitar, food, and theology. He is, in other words, easily amused.
Jonathan is one of our Office Team. He is our Treasurer and is in the office on Thursdays.
Jonathan grew up in the area, and studied Astonomy and Maths at Sheffield University. After most of his life at Moorlands Church, Jonathan joined the launch team of Church by the Bay. Jonathan enjoys watching films and is a classic Dr Who fan.
John is jointly responsible with Jon and Gerry for leading Church by the Bay according to God's Word the Bible.
John is married to Pam and they have 2 sons, Jonah and Joel. John teaches secondary school Maths. He is from Devon and spent a lot of his childhood outdoors, hiking and exploring. John became a Christian as a teenager at a youth and families camp and since then His love for God's Word, hearing it and teaching it has continued to grow. His all time favourite movie is The Last of the Mohicans but he likes The Proposal too!
Vanessa is responsible for organising and coordinating women's work at Church by the Bay. Her focus is on word ministry through events and weekly teaching, as well as caring pastorally for the women of our church by encouraging them in their faith and evangelism to friends.
Tom has joined the team at Church by the Bay to be involved in all areas of church life whilst also continuing to be trained for future ministry.
Tom is from Dorset where he grew up as one of four brothers. He has recently completed training at Oak Hill Theological college and moved to Morecambe to continue to learn and grow to become a better gospel worker in the future. Before moving to Morecambe, London was the farthest North he had lived, so he is slowly acclimatizing to the altitude! In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the countryside and coast, preferably by pedal power. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, he can be found discovering new music or playing his guitar.