We are a Presbyterian church which means that we are ruled by a group of elders called a ‘session. Indeed, the word ‘presbyterian’ comes from the Greek word used in the Bible for ‘elder’. This group of elders is responsible to ensure there is accountability and shared responsibility for the care of the church. Some of these elders have the added responsibility of being the primary teachers of the congregation and they are often called minsters. Presbyterian churches are also connected to regional and national bodies of elders that rule the church in a region or nation. Our church is a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales.

The members of our session with their contact details are listed below.

Matthew Jolley

Minister

Matthew grew up in Wigan in Lancashire. He obtained a Maths degree in 2002 from Queen Mary college, London, then served as a youth worker and assistant minister in churches in the USA for seven years. In 2008 Matthew studied at London Theological Seminary before being ordained into the ministry and the pastorate in Bury St Edmunds Presbyterian Church in 2010. Matthew is married to Kristen and they have three children, Wesley, Elizabeth and Theo.

Benjamin Wontrop

Minister

Benjamin grew up in Blacksburg, VA, USA and obtained a History degree in 2011 from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA, moving to England later that year to begin work as an intern at Gateshead Presbyterian Church (EPCEW). Over the next four years, he also studied at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, Edinburgh, Scotland and then through a distance program of Greenville Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC. In 2016, after a year of resident education at Greenville, he obtained a Masters of Divinity and moved to Bury St Edmunds. On 18 March 2017, he was ordained and installed into the ministry of the church. Benjamin is married to Anna and they
have one daughter named Joy.

Gordon Macintyre

Elder

Gordon is an elder of Bury St Edmunds Presbyterian Church and is married to Dani. They have three children, Calum, Bryony and Becky.

Kevin McGrane

Elder

Kevin is an elder in the church and is married to Margaret. They have one daughter, Agnes.

Jake Ashmore

Elder

Jake is an elder in the church and is married to Ieva. Jake is a serving airman with the United States Airforce and was ordained as an elder in 2016. Jake and Ieva have three children, Daniel, Becky and Abby.