Lynda Coulthard

My name is Lynda Coulthard and I am Superintendent of the ecumenical area as well as the minister who looks after the congregations at Alnmouth Methodist, Amble Methodist, Hauxley Methodist, North Broomhill Local Ecumenical Partnership and Widdrington Station Methodist.  I have been a minister in the area since September 2011 and was Area President from September 2017 to August 2018 prior to becoming Superintendent.

I was born and grew up in County Durham before going to study at Nene College, Northampton.  I returned home and began working in the finance department of a computer firm.  I met and married my husband.  We continued to live in County Durham until our work took us to Oxfordshire where we both worked for the Langley House Trust, a Christian charity which provides rehabilitation for ex-offenders and those at risk of offending.  I then went to work for two other housing associations during our time in Oxfordshire.

I became a Local Preacher in 1998 and in 2003 I began Foundation Training to discern my calling to ministry.  In 2009 I was accepted for part time presbyteral ministry training at STETS (Southern Theological & Educational Training Scheme) based at Sarum College, Salisbury before being stationed in my current post in SENEA (South East Northumberland Ecumenical Area).  I obviously like acronyms!.  Whilst living in Oxfordshire we lived in Bampton, the place where the village scenes in Downton Abbey were filmed, along with some scenes from The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.  I have also served for two years in the Lindisfarne Circuit with oversight of Alnwick Methodist church and Christon Bank Methodist Church and served as Newcastle Methodist District Rural Officer from September 2013 until August 2018.

When not at work I enjoy musical theatre, socialising with friends, reading, listening to music and have been known to do some knitting and craft stitch as long as you are not in a hurry for it!  I also like to see a nice garden but find that a nice garden is like the Forth Bridge and that as soon as you finish you have to start again.  If there is any time left then I enjoy exploring this beautiful part of the country.