meet the team
Rev Stephen Sutton
Me and my wife Leah moved to Teesside in 2010 after training for ordination at Spurgeon's College in London. We love Teeside and feel strongly called by Jesus to this area and the people here. We are passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and working towards His Kingdom growing. We have four super loud kids and love leading the best Church in the world.
Stephen is also the facilitator of Transforming Teesside Together, a Trustee for Together Middlesbrough and a council member of the Evangelical Alliance.
Joel is married to his wife Hannah (Since December of 2019). He has received a degree from Liberty University
(BS Music & Worship: Youth Min) and has been at Coulby Baptist since January of 2019. Joel is passionate about his work in the community of Coulby Newham and desires to see the Beacon used effectively to reach those around him. Joel is a lover of sports, journalism, and music.
Hannah is married to her husband Joel. She was born in Texas but has also lived in Michigan, South Carolina, Alabama, and she studied at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York where she was on a traveling worship team. She then spent a year at Stockton Baptist Church before she joined us in Coulby in January of 2020. She is passionate about ministering to the community and the youth and she loves coffee, friends, singing, and travel.
communities lead/ safeguarding designated person
Hi! I'm Sarah and I am married to John and we have 2 children; Vikki and Benjamin and a step-daughter and a grandson.
from Hertfordshire originally but I moved up here 25 years ago when John and
I got married and I love it here. I spend a lot of my time working at The Beacon - where l lead our
toddler group (Little Angels), manage our Foodbank distribution
centre and our Senior's Friendship Group. I play
the flute and guitar and help out leading the worship in church, which I
love as it is so awesome the way God speaks and guides us so that the
worship and the message so often fit perfectly together when you have no
idea what the sermon is going to be about. God is SO exciting and I love
following Him into new adventures!
Having lived in the UK for over 5 years now, I try and say I'm a local, but the Michigan accent gives it away! I moved here in 2013 after making a deal with God that I'd trust Him with one year of my life, dipping my toe in missions and youth work, but He had bigger plans. I fell in love with Teesside and knew my time seeing young people's lives changed by Jesus wasn't over. Since then I've become part of so many life-changing projects such as Tees Valley Youth for Christ, Refresh Youth Service, Doulos, and also the leadership of CNBC. I'm a Marvel nerd, parmo fanatic, and love public speaking. My passion is seeing churches and people work together to see God's Kingdom break through in Teesside.
leadership team /
Bio coming soon.
I’m Sally Middleton and I’m married to Jack. I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I’ve lived in Middlesbrough since 1996, simply because I met Jack and this is his town. I became a Christian in 1991 through a dream and hearing from God. I feel called to this area to serve God in whatever He asks. I believe He speaks to each one of us and longs for us to tune in to Him and make space to hear Him. His love for us is immeasurably deep and He wants the best for us.
I moved from Oswestry in Shropshire to Middlesbrough, with my wife Anne, in 2016 . We are both retired secondary school teachers and now mainly spend our time helping to look after our two granddaughters. I became a Christian in my teens and over the years I have been involved in Christian youth work, pastoral care and church leadership. I have a heart for social justice and pastoral care. Here in Middlesbrough I volunteer with the Foodbank and with Open Door North East. I enjoy sailing, hill-walking, photography, bird-watching, cooking, travel and learning Japanese.
I'm Wendy Sutton. I'm married to Andrew and have 2 teenage sons- Jack and Tom. I was born in Birmingham, brought up in Portsmouth and have lived in Middlesbrough for the last 21 years.
I became a Christian at the age of 20 and keep discovering more about God's amazing and faithful love. We've been part of this church since we moved to Middlesbrough and I've been serving on the leadership team for most of the last 16 years.
I'm particularly interested in prayer ministry and healing. I love to play in the worship group and to generally 'help things happen'. I am also a trustee for Middlesbrough Foodbank.
Bio Coming Soon.