Who's Who

Vicar: The Reverend Fr Martin Lee

Fr Martin came to this parish as incumbent in September of 2008. He began his life in Somerset, and before he entered into the ordained ministry he worked as a Piano Tuner and taught music. He trained for the ministry at St. Stephen's House in Oxford before being ordained deacon in Wells Cathedral in July 1996 by Bishop Jim Thompson. He served his curacy in St.Thomas's Church, Wells, and in January 2000 he became Rector of three beautiful Churches in the Somerset villages of Brent Knoll, East Brent and Lympsham. His wife Sue is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Tel: (0191) 266 1921. Mobile: 07725 593 100. Email Fr Martin

Assistant Priest: The Reverend Doctor Fraser Charlton

Fraser is a Consultant Pathologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary who first joined the congregation of St. Bartholomew’s in 2003. He studied with Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership and was ordained in 2015, following which he served his curacy in St. John the Evangelist, Wallsend, and St. Gabriel’s Heaton. He returned to his home parish in November 2019, where he preaches, presides at the Eucharist and leads Evensong. His wife, Petra, is also a pathologist at the RVI.

Tel: (0191) 292 1033.

Reader: Jennifer Brown

Jennifer has lived in the Parish since 1968. Licensed by the Bishop as Reader to the Parish in 1989, and the Diocese in 1990, Jennifer preaches, conducts the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, takes Funerals and does Pastoral visits, including taking Holy Communion to the housebound. Jennifer received her Archbishops' Diploma For Readers on June 9, 2000, her subject being "Spirituality and Dementia: our sense of being". Jennifer chairs the local Women's World Day of Prayer Committee.

Tel: (0191) 268 6237. Email Jennifer

Church Warden

Christina Gravell

Christina has lived in Benton for the last 15 years and worships at St Bartholomew's since moving into the area. She is a retired Personal Administrator at Greggs where she had worked for 30 years. She was appointed warden in 2018. Christina is married to Bob, who is part of the Church Working Party. Christina and Bob have three grandchildren. One aspect she particularly enjoys and finds most rewarding is pastoral care. Christina is involved with the Basement Project.

Church Warden

David Cowen

David was born in Heaton and moved to the Benton area in the late 1950s and attended St. Bartholomew's School. He moved to the Tyne Valley with his wife, Jackie and children, James and Elizabeth. David returned to Benton in 1998 and returned to worshipping at St Bartholomew's Church. He retired from a career in the food ingredients industry in 2012. Both David and Jackie's granddaughters, Millie and Olivia, who are currently at St Mary's Catholic School, were pupils at St Bart's Primary School.

Parish Co-ordinator

Sue Lee

My role as Parish Administrator is extremely varied and it would be a lengthy process to describe all aspects of the job. However, my priority is to give everyone who comes into St. Bart’s Parish Office a friendly welcome and to be happy to help. If you wish to book a Wedding or a Baptism, I am the person who can do this and I will provide you with all the information that you need. I also deal with all the Church Hall bookings and can show you around the Hall and answer any queries you may have regarding this. I do the Administration which is involved in the day to day running of the Church and also help to produce our Church Magazine, information leaflets and generally making sure that the Church life runs as smoothly as possible.