Staff

Administration

Linda Hobson

Linda Hobson

As administrator, Linda is responsible for the day to day running of the Tabernacle, looking after all the financial and administrative needs of the church. She is also Pastor McConnell's eldest daughter and PA. Linda has held this post for 29 years.

 


Geraldine Higgins

Geraldine Higgins.

Geraldine has worked alongside Linda in the administration department for 17 years. She deals with the accounts, church records and other administrative duties. Geraldine is married to Pastor Shaw Higgins.

 


Katrina Armstrong

Katrina Armstrong

Katrina has been employed at the Tabernacle as both receptionist and secretary from October 2010, but she has been a member of the church from the mid 1970’s. A faithful member of the Tabernacle Choir, Katrina is a most personable and popular girl and is often the first smiling face people see when they arrive at the church. She is the ‘shop window ‘so-to-speak of the Tabernacle and her polite and gracious attitude with the public always ensures it’s a window that is consistently attractive to the passer-by.

 


Buildings and Care

Mervyn Foster

Mervyn Foster

Mervyn Foster is in charge of all electrical and maintenance work within the Tabernacle. He carried out the electrical installation in the current building and continues to look after all things electrical.

 


John McAllister

John McAllister

John McAllister has been the main building contractor for all the church projects since 1971. Now as a member of staff John is responsible for all maintenance work going on within the Tabernacle including the Youth Complex. John has worked with Pastor McConnell since the very first church was built all those years ago.

 


Darren McAllister

Darren McAllister

A very popular member of our staff, and accomplished marathan runner, Darren is assistant caretaker, helping out in the many tasks of keeping the building clean and secure.

 


Darren Moore

Darren Moore

Darren is our church caretaker, having previously looked after our youth centre since its opening back in 2009. Darren is himself, quite a theologian, yet one who is not afraid to put his books down and turn his hand to whatever needs done.  Darren is always prepared for the many activities which take place at the church on a weekly basis. He is also a long standing member of the Tabernacle and an asset to the team here.

 


John McMurray

John McMurray

John is the caretaker of the McConnell youth center, and part of our church caretaking team.

 


Darren McAllister

Jonny Campbell

Don’t be fooled by the shirt and tie image, this is a man who knows how to get his hands dirty. A maintenance worker at the Tabernacle since June 2010, ‘Jonny’, as he is affectionately called by his colleagues, has become a great asset to the maintenance team. A dedicated and committed worker, Jonathan is also a very faithful attendee of church services.  A strong young man, he is nonetheless seen as a gentle giant and has proved to be a most affable and willing employee.

 


Technical, Media and Production

Albert Beattie

Albert Beattie.

Albert runs the duplication ministry and the tape desk. Albert has been involved in the Tabernacle for many years. He has been in charge of this particular ministry for over 13 years. He has brought us from the early days of audio cassette into the age of digital duplication of CDs and DVDs. He has built up a large mail order customer base through-out the UK and Ireland, even reaching further abroad.

 


Ian McAlees

Ian McAlees

Ian is the Technical Director for the Whitewell church. He has been employed since 2003 and is currently responsible for all the technology within the Tabernacle, including all the IT systems, audio and video equipment. A chartered engineer, with a degree in Electronic Engineering, Ian has many years of technical design experience. He oversees all of our live production crew, mixes much of the audio that is heard online, and is responsible for all the technical aspects of our outreach events and our online audience. A musician in his spare time Ian also enjoys helping out in our music ministry when time permits..

 


Peter Snowden

Peter Snowden

Peter is a very gifted graphic designer here at the Tabernacle. He is responsible for all printed materials and resources used by the various ministries within the Tabernacle, and all of the graphic input of our web sites.  He has been on staff since 2003.

 


Colin Gilliland

Colin Gilliland

Colin is Video Director for the Whitewell Church. On staff from 2008, Colin directs much of our live video and also edits the vast majority of our online video. Whether it be missionary clips, youth promos, our on demand services, or any of the programmes from the Tabernacle shown on Christian TV – the chances are you’ve watched Colin’s editing at some point. Colin also looks all the scheduling of our video crew to make sure that all runs smoothly. Although media production is Colin’s main area, he is becoming increasingly involved with the engineering that makes it all happen.

 


Youth Ministries

Stephen Campbell

Stephen Campbell

As Youth Director, Stephen oversees all of the activities within Whitewell’s youth ministries, with his main focus being ‘The Well’ on Saturday nights. This part time role combines well with Stephen’s current studies in Theology at Queen’s University. He says that it’s great to busy doing the things that he loves! As one of our worship leaders, Stephen also makes use of his musical talent to enhance the worship here at church.

 


Other Areas

Colin Blake

Colin Blake

Colin has been the Tabernacle's mechanic for over 28 years, looking after our fleet of buses including the many Befrienders buses equipped with disabled facilities such as chair lifts.