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Ministry Team & Staff

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Rev Gordon Best


Gordon is married to Pamela, and is Dad to Stuart and Katie. He has been the minister in Newmills since the start of his ministry journey - back in 1996. 

Gordon’s ministry is centred around ‘making and shaping’ a church family of disciples, who are united together in Christ, strengthened by God’s Word, excited by mission and faithful in prayer.  

When he’s not writing sermons and in ‘minister mode’,  Gordon enjoys good food and strong coffee, countryside walks, fair-weather cycling, dabbling in genealogy and overseas travelling (although Northern Ireland’s north coast is still hard to beat!).

Mark Hawthorne

Assistant Minister

Mark joined us as a Student Assistant in September 2021 and began his two years of full-time assistantship in the summer of 2022. Originally from Londonderry, Mark has lived with his wife Laura in Waringstown since they got married in 2010. They have three children: Josiah, Zac, and Rebekah, and a dog called Alfie.

Mark previously worked for SUNI, and was an Elder in Waringstown PC. Mark loves to open God’s Word with people of all ages and is excited about becoming a part of the church community in Newmills. When he’s not visiting or preparing a sermon, you might find him with a camera in hand, or fretting about his fantasy league team!

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Daniel Ballantyne

Student Assistant Minister

Daniel joined Newmills as their Student Assistant in June 2023. Previously from Drumbo, Daniel is married to Kate and they live in Broomhill with their loveable labrador Herbie. Before beginning ministry training, Daniel worked for the Housing Executive, as well as being a Families worker in Druminnis Presbyterian.

He is excited to continue learning how to serve God’s people and make much of the gospel of Jesus in Newmills and beyond. In his spare time, you’ll find him on the Mall playing cricket for Armagh, and being below average at both football and joinery. Daniel will complete his studies in 2024.

David McCullough


David has been the Caretaker in Newmills since 2017. His roles involves looking after all aspects of the church facilities, and preparing the premises for the various organisations and events that take place within church life.

David lives in Ballintaggart and is married to Elizabeth, They have two children, two grandchildren and two donkeys - Barry and Sidney.

When David isn't in Newmills, you'll find him looking after the grandkids, or out for a cycle. He's a super friendly face to have about the church complex, so if you see him, please do stop and have a chat!

Contact: 07926 369172

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Emma Bowles

Church Administrator

Emma has been working in Newmills since December 2021. She lives in Portadown and is married to Joe. They have three children and a dog called Texas.

When Emma is not in the Newmills Office, you'll find her walking, or jumping on a trampoline. She is seriously into her fitness and has her own business as a Personal Trainer.

She is super organised and loves a spreadsheet, so if you have any logistical questions about church life, don't hesitate to get in touch with her. She's a chocoholic, so if you're visiting the office, do bring her a treat!

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