New minister takes over at Whitley Bay church

From left, MP Alan Campbell, the Rev Lis Mullen, the Rev Matthew Prevett, now minister at St Andrew's URC, and borough council chairman Gary Bell.
From left, MP Alan Campbell, the Rev Lis Mullen, the Rev Matthew Prevett, now minister at St Andrew's URC, and borough council chairman Gary Bell.

The Rev Matthew Prevett was ordained as minister of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Monkseaton’s Eastfield Avenue on Saturday.

More than 200 people were there to see the 33-year-old take up his new role, including North Tyneside Council chairman Gary Bell and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.

The service was presided over by the Rev Lis Mullen, moderator of the church’s northern synod, and the Rev Liz Blair, of St Columba’s United Reformed Church in North Shields, also took part.

Though Mr Prevett is originally from East Grinstead in West Sussex, he is no stranger to the north east, having taken his first degree, in music, at Durham University and worked at a retreat centre on Lindisfarne.

He has also worked in London as a software consultant in the insurance sector before starting ministerial training at Westminster College in Cambridge.

After completing his training as a minister in 2012, Mr Prevett went on to a take a PhD in association with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter), living in Berlin and, latterly, Peterborough.

The focus of his research has been the concept and practice of authority in the United Reformed Church.

His interests include writing music, photography and coffee.