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 – 9 deacons plus our Pastor Martin, our Children’s Worker, Natalie and our Youth and Schools Worker, Nina

Martin Gillard

Martin Gillard

Pastor
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.
Malcolm Nicholas

Malcolm Nicholas

Church Secretary
I am Church secretary, responsible for all aspects of church administration. I have been attending Gilgal since early 2017, and was elected a Deacon in 2021 and Church Secretary in 2024. 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.
John Hornsby

John Hornsby

Church 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.
Daphne Harris

Daphne Harris

Deacon - 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.
Caryl Gill

Caryl Gill

Deacon - Discipleship and 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.

Mark Peers

Deacon - Evangelism
Text Pending
Larry Knowles

Larry Knowles

Deacon - Fabric
I have been a member of Gilgal since 2018 and a Deacon since April 2023. My prime responsibility is for the fabric of Gilgal - ie the maintenance. I also help out with evangelism and organise Men's breakfast events and guest speakers for 'Fellaship'.
Alison Farrow

Alison Farrow

Deacon - Administration
I have been attending Gilgal since 2011 and have been a deacon here since 2014. I currently lead the Administration Ministry team - we are a busy team, having many responsibilities including church directory, use of premises arrangements, news sheet production, annual report, deacons and church meeting minutes, policy updates, pulpit supplies and church rotas. Since 2018 I have worked for The Message Trust- a worldwide movement passionately sharing the love of Jesus Christ in words and actions with the hardest to reach young people and communities.
Linda Harber

Linda Harber

Deacon - 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.
Jacqui Crole

Jacqui Crole

Deacon - Community
I have been attending Gilgal since 2011 and a deacon since 2013. I 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.
Liz Rees

Liz Rees

Deacon
Text Pending
Natalie Sharp

Natalie Sharp

Children's Worker
Test pending
Nina Elmer

Nina Elmer

Youth & School's Worker
I live in Newport with my husband Harri and our baby girl. I have an extensive background in care for all ages, as well as church administration work in Bristol. I recently joined the team here in December 2023, with an exciting opportunity to help young people in Porthcawl connect with one another and grow in faith.