Meet The Team

Rector Rev. David Kirkwood

david-kirkwoodDavid joined St James in April 2016, having previously been Team Rector at North Shields.  Originally from Grimsby he has worked in parishes in Lincoln, London and Kent before moving to the North East originally to be nearer to family. He is married to Elspeth and they have four more or less grown up children. Their eldest lives in Japan with his wife Hiromi and after a visit in 2015 this has inspired a not very successful but on going attempt to learn Japanese.

David is a keen cyclist, so if you seem him riding around Benwell, give him a wave!

Telephone: 0191 273 5356


Terese Wilkinson (Reader)


Terese has been coming to St James since the 1980s and has always played an active part in the life of the church and the Benwell team.

Terese became a Reader in 2014 and leads services, preaches, leads a Bible Study group and is a member of the Music Group.

Terese works full time at a large secondary school in Newcastle.

Telephone: 0191 272 4831


Pat Young (Church Warden)

Pat  was elected as Church Warden in May 2017, having recently retired from Atkinson Road Nursery School where she have worked for 43 years. Pat loves to play guitar and helps to lead the worship in church. She is also treasurer for the Good Neighbour Project in Pendower.

Telephone: 0191 2733738




 Christina Wilson (Church Warden)   Christina was elected Church Warden in May 2018.  She also joined St James in the 1980’s and is a committed member of our congregation, who’s main concern is looking after our amazing building. Christina is also a member of the music group and she runs the Tuesday Lunch club.

Telephone: 0191   2727282


Church Worship

Music Group

Our main morning service is on Sunday at 10am. During the service we share bread and wine to remember Jesus as he asked his followers to do.  We usually have a Sunday school, though we have about 6 Sundays in the year which are All Age, and the children stay in the service.  We are an inclusive, friendly and welcoming congregation and would love you to join us.  We have a lively music group as well as an organ and sing both modern and traditional songs and hymns.  The message is based on the Bible reading for the day and relates to our everyday lives. This service is followed by coffee in the hall with a chance to meet our congregation.

If Sunday is not a good day for you, or you prefer a quieter service, we have smaller Communion Service on Thursdays at 10am. It takes about half an hour as there are no hymns, but there is usually a short address. This service is followed by coffee. There is also a quiet service of Holy Communion on  the first Sunday of each month at 8am.