Network elders

The Christ Church Network is led by a team of Network Elders who are listed below.

The legal and financial responsibilities of the Christ Church Network and the churches which are part of it are handled by the Newland Christian Trust, which is a registered charity and limited company. The Network Elders are appointed as the trustees of The Newland Christian Trust for charitable purposes and as directors for company purposes.


Peter Birnie Christ Church Riverside Pastor

God provides for all of His people's needs in Jesus and will build His Church despite the brokenness of this world. These are two of the main lessons I have been learning so far in this privileged job where I get to spend all my time holding out God's Word to those around. I am a Northern Irishman married to a Scottish wife, Joey, with four proper Yorkshire children. I have lived in Hull since 2004. I love this city and want many from this brilliant place to find Salvation in Christ.

Martin Buzza Elder

I became a Christian in my teens through the witness of a friend. I am married to Renuha and we have two children. I love to teach and research physics (and get paid for it!), listening to music and drinking tea.

Scott McKay Lead Pastor and Pastor of Christ Church Newland

I was born and raised in a mining village in Barnsley. At the age of 21 I started working full-time in a paid capacity for a Church on the Wirral. I haven't been released from full-time service of Christ's Church since then apart from a three-year break at Oakhill Theological College in London. Since 2008 it has been my privilege and joy to serve Christ and His people in the city of Hull. I'm married to Laura and we have three children, Benjamin, Ruth and Samuel.

Tim Mitchell Elder

Having grown up in a Christian family I came to Hull University in 1987 and have mostly been a Hull resident ever since, though I don't think that qualifies me as a local yet. I am married to Bev and we have two grown up daughters. In my spare time I play various musical instruments and am often to be found up a ladder designing lighting for shows.

Abraham Overvoorde Elder

I have lived in Hull and the surrounding area all my life and love it here. It has been a delight to serve within the the church family at Christ Church Riverside. I am married to Lauren and we have 2 amazing daughters, Emily and Charlotte. In my spare time, when I get it, I enjoy playing board games, watching films, reading and playing football.

Gary Shaw Elder

I came to Hull in 2002 to study at the University and have since trained to be a primary school teacher. I am married to Kath and we have two daughters. I enjoy football, running and cooking.

Rob Tearle Pastor of Christ Church Orchard Park

I am from Hull originally but I've lived in London and Scarborough as well. It's good to be back in Hull now with my wife Emma and we are looking forward to seeing what God does with Christ Church Orchard Park as we go forward.

Viv Whitton Elder

I came to Hull in 1968 to work in the NHS. I came to Christ shortly afterwards through the ministry of the local Young Life (NYLC) branch from whom I’ve gained a lifetime commitment to gospel and missionary outreach. I served in leadership at Trafalgar St and Christchurch Cottingham and then at St John’s. In 2007 I took early retirement to head up the UK Mobilisers Network for WEC UK. I am still married to my school sweetheart and we have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.


Adam Wong Elder

I am married to Elaine with three grown up children and two lovely grandchildren. I have been in Hull since 1991. I enjoy music, cooking and travelling.