Pastor – Adam Beattie
Adam became a Christian whilst a student after spending over 3 years trying to ignore the claims of Jesus Christ. When he finally stopped running and turned to trust in Christ his only regret was that he hadn’t done it sooner! Whilst studying Engineering in Manchester he became a member of Union Hall. After his studies, life took him to various places, including working with UCCF in Cumbria, studying at theological college in South Africa and ministering as an assistant Pastor in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. But Manchester always felt like home, and he carried fond memories of the wonderfully diverse fellowship at Union Hall.
In September 2018, 12 years after moving away from the city, Adam was called back to Union Hall as their Pastor. Adam is married to Ashleigh, and they have two young children who keep them very busy! Among other things, Adam enjoys eating Pizza, fixing stuff, music from the eighties and talking about old cars.
Pastor – Barry Cunningham
Personal website www.faithtoday.org.uk
Barry has been Pastor of Union Hall Evangelical Church since September 2001. Previous to this he spent a number of years as Pastor at a church in Cheshire. Barry’s main role is to provide expository Bible preaching and Pastoral care. He is married to Kathy, and has four grown children, and two grandchildren . Barry trained at the South Wales Bible College in Barry, South Wales. He also studied through distance learning with Trinity Theological Seminary, Indiana, USA, (validated by the University of Liverpool) gaining his MTh, and DMin in Christian Counselling.
Elder – Keith Dearden
Keith has been worshipping at Union Hall all his life, having been carried in by his mother! Married with two grown up children, he was appointed as an elder of the church in 1987. Keith has a heart for children and in his early years, together with his wife Lynda, established a mid-week Children’s Club at Union Hall, in addition to being involved with Campaigner work, the uniformed Christian youth movement. Keith’s desire is to see a greater hunger for the Word of God, for it is only in the scriptures that we find the answers to life’s challenges and opportunities. Also for an increased desire to pray, both individually and corporately as a fellowship, as without prayer our work will be in vain. Keith is retired and, along with Lynda, provides child care for three of their five grandchildren! Prior to retirement, he worked for Vertex, the outsourcing arm of United Utilities, following 30 years working for Norweb, the former electricity supply company for NW England. He has a son living in Macclesfield and a daughter living in Cadishead. Both attend church locally with their respective wife and husband and their children.
Elder – Frank McDonald
Frank has been in membership at Union Hall since 1980 and has been in regular attendance since apart for a period between 2003 and 2007. He is married with two daughters and one son and to date has six grandchildren. Frank regularly preaches at evangelical churches in the Greater Manchester area. Frank has worked for 40 years in Management Schools at Manchester Metropolitan University, Plymouth University, Hull University, Bradford University and Liverpool University. He retired in 2017, but works part-time at Leeds University Business School as a Professor of International Business.