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Meet the Team

It takes a team to run a busy church like Gilgal. We have a motivated and dedicated group of people on board to keep things running smoothly. 

Currently the church diaconate is comprised of 12 members - 11 deacons and the Pastor.

To find out what each team member is responsible for, simply mouse-over the photo.

Rev Martin Gillard
Rev Martin GillardPastor
Rev Martin Gillard
Rev Martin GillardPastor
Married to Carolynne with two adult children. Senior Pastor since 2010, formerly pastor at Station Road, Orpington 1985-89, and Zion, Ebbw Vale 1989-2010. Chaplain to Bridgend Ravens RFC. My task is to honour Jesus Christ, and to help develop 'Word and Spirit' ministry in our church.

Owen Hughes
Owen HughesYouth Pastor
Owen Hughes
Owen HughesYouth Pastor
Married to Caitlin and recently appointed Youth Pastor at Gilgal. Passionate about seeing young people come to know Jesus and experience life change. Previously worked in numerous ministry roles both in the UK and USA. I oversee all Youth ministry here at Gilgal and hope to begin my Masters Degree in Sport Coaching beginning September 2021.

Liz Rees
Liz ReesChurch Secretary
Liz Rees
Liz ReesChurch Secretary
I am Church secretary, responsible for all aspects of church administration. I am also a safeguarding trustee, worship ministry team leader, a member of the administration team and evangelism committee. I have been attending Gilgal for 20 years

John Hornsby
John HornsbyChurch Treasurer
John Hornsby
John HornsbyChurch Treasurer
I have been attending Gilgal since 1980, when I moved to Porthcawl. I have been a deacon for most of that time, had a spell as Church Secretary 5 years and my main role now is as Treasurer, with responsibility for looking after the church finances. I am also currently taking the lead on our building redevelopment project.

Caryl Gill
Caryl GillDeacon - Discipleship & Prayer
Caryl Gill
Caryl GillDeacon - Discipleship & Prayer
I’ve been attending Gilgal since about 2000, when I moved to Porthcawl with my parents and for my work. I led Gilgal Ladies Fellowship for a number of years and am part of the team that operates the Prayer Chain. For the last 2 years I have been the deacon with responsibility for Discipleship. I also alternate with Carolynne Gillard in leading the Friday house group.

Malcolm Nicholas
Malcolm NicholasDeacon - Communications
Malcolm Nicholas
Malcolm NicholasDeacon - Communications
I have been attending Gilgal since early 2017, and was elected a Deacon in 2021. I have responsibility for communications, which includes our website, news sheet, social media presence, leaflets and posters. We also periodically produce our Gilgal Magazine, for which I head up the editorial committee.

Gordon Lovering
Gordon LoveringDeacon - Evangelism
Gordon Lovering
Gordon LoveringDeacon - Evangelism
We moved to Porthcawl in 2017 to be near the sea and joined Gilgal! It is again a privilege to serve the Lord as a deacon, with the Evangelism Ministry Team as my main focus. This involves coordinating outreach - Alpha, Good Friday, Christmas, Elvis Weekend, in Trecco Bay - and generally trying to stimulate the church to "make Jesus better known".

Daphne Harris
Daphne HarrisDeacon - Pastoral
Daphne Harris
Daphne HarrisDeacon - Pastoral
I started attending Gilgal as a babe in arms with my parents and sister. I was baptised and became a member in 1967. Apart from some years living abroad I have been attending since then. I became a deacon in 2007 and lead the Pastoral Ministry Team. This includes the vestibule welcome rota, visiting team, church away days or weekends and social events.

Jacqui Crole
Jacqui CroleDeacon - Community
Jacqui Crole
Jacqui CroleDeacon - Community
I have been attending Gilgal for just over 8 1/2 years and am currently the deacon responsible for community activities and relationships. This includes initiatives undertaken with other churches in Porthcawl and liaison with charities and local authorities.

Alison Farrow
Alison FarrowDeacon - Administration
Alison Farrow
Alison FarrowDeacon - Administration
I have been attending Gilgal since 2011 and have been a deacon here for just over 5 years. I was ministry team lead for Communications for 4 years and have recently been appointed co-lead for the Admin ministry team. I work for the Message Trust Wales, so am also the church's link person to that organisation.

Cathryn Hodges
Cathryn HodgesDeacon - Children, Families & Youth
Cathryn Hodges
Cathryn HodgesDeacon - Children, Families & Youth
My husband John and I joined Gilgal in 2013, a year after we relocated to Porthcawl. I am a retired teacher and responsible for all aspects of our children, families and youth ministry and related activities. Concerning youth ministry, I work closely with our Youth Pastor.

Linda Harber
Linda HarberDeacon - World Mission
Linda Harber
Linda HarberDeacon - World Mission
I moved to Porthcawl in 1977 and joined Gilgal. I became baptised with five other ladies. I soon became involved in Sunday School, Boys Brigade and Young Wives as we were known then. I joined the Leadership Team this year and have responsibility for World Mission

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