Meet the team

Great Ayton Methodist Church relies on a great many people who help in many ways to support the worship and work of the church. From making coffee, helping tidy the building or helping with activities or events to taking on a leadership role, help is always welcome.

Under the direction of the church council, the minister and leadership team are responsible for day-to-day decisions and leadership. You can meet the leaders and other key people you may come across below.





Rev Rob Weir


Our minister from 1 September 2021 is the Rev Rob Weir who joins us in the Stokesley Circuit from Whitchurch. We’re delighted that Rob is joining us and look forward to working with him and getting to know him and his family. Rob joins us with his wife, Fiona and their two teenage children Sam and Abigail.

Leadership team and church officers.

Sally Chaplain

Lead for children and young people

Ruth Smith

Lead for church in the community

Eileen Cowen

Pastoral secretary and lead for pastoral care

Chris Stokeld

Senior service steward (service arrangements)

Jeanette Hardy

Lead for worship (including house groups)

David Kent

Lead for property and administration

Howard Whitehead

Church treasurer and finance lead

Steve Smith

Lead for IT and communications

Peter Jackson

Church safeguarding coordinator

Ruth Smith*

Church secretary and administrator

The leadership team is made up of people appointed by the general church meeting as church ‘stewards’. This is a specific term within the Methodist Church. They can serve in this role for up to three years and can be elected for an additional three years up to a maximum per, of six years. Each are responsible for a specific area of the church’s mission.

*The church secretary is not a part of the leadership team but is a key point of contact in the church.