Here is a little bit about the people who are currently serving the church in leadership roles.
The Pastor is the main church leader and overseer, responsible for teaching and preaching the Word of God, encouraging the members to use their gifts, engaging with our community and ensuring that everyone feels valued and cared for as they participate in God’s Kingdom work.
The Church Secretary looks after the administration – a role that is about enabling the church to run smoothly and efficiently.
The Treasurer, keeps an eye on our finances so that we can function as effectively as possible and develop our work.
We also have two Deacons (a term that is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘servant’) who serve the church in all sorts of ways, practical and spiritual.
As a Leadership Team, it is our desire to see everyone in the church find a place to serve and we would always be glad to talk to you about how you might use your gifts and abilities.
Rev. Laurie Burn (Pastor)
Our Pastor, Rev Laurie Burn moved to Fivehead in May 2017. Previously, Laurie pastored churches in Totterdown (Bristol 2006-2017), Kilmington (Devon 1996-2006) and Weston (Northamptonshire 1993-1996). Before training for the ministry, Laurie was a teacher of science and technology in secondary schools in Bedfordshire, where he drove a “Technology Bus” – a mobile classroom converted from a double-decker bus.
Laurie has been married for 38 years to Karen whom he met at Durham University where they were both reading Geology. They have two married daughters, Helen and Kate, and a grand-daughter, Miriam.
Laurie’s passions include playing and making guitars, walking and wildlife photography. As Laurie’s ministry role at Fivehead is part-time, on Wednesdays and Fridays he works in his shed, making guitars and other instruments. www.laurieguitars.co.uk
Paul Douglass (Church Secretary )
Paul met his wife Margaret while at university in the USA in the late 1960s. When they came back to the UK, they lived in Bedfordshire for nearly forty years until they moved down to Somerset where his mother’s family came from. Margaret taught in a middle school and he lectured at a university, specialising in farm building design, mainly for developing countries. They have three children: a daughter near Somerton, her twin brother in Hamble and their youngest son is Washington State, (USA). They have five grandchildren.
Paul Pace (Treasurer)
Paul and his wife Gill moved to Somerset from South Wales over 25 years ago when Paul joined a local accountancy firm as a tax adviser. he has recently retired from this role. Gill recently retired as the supervisor of a local day nursery. They have two children and two grandchildren. In his spare time Paul enjoys gardening, DIY, wood carving and taking long walks with Gill.
Judy Male (Deacon)
Judy is a Trainer in Food Safety. She is married to Adrian, a Chartered Surveyor and they have three children. Within the fellowship she is responsible for the Youth Cafe and is often baking and serves regularly in the Stable. Both Judy and Adrian are keen singers in the County Chamber Choir which they enjoy in their spare time.
Wendy Cutts (Deacon)
Wendy is a self employed flute and clarinet tutor. She is married to Steve and they have two sons. Her role in the Church is one of Deacon, Coffee shop volunteer, and playing for worship. In late June, she enjoys going to Glastonbury Festival.