LEADERSHIP

OUR ELDERS

We have 3 elders who serve King’s Church Cockermouth in leadership.

ROGER BYE 

Roger and Cheryl moved to Brigham, near Cockermouth, from Kent in 2006 and enjoy living in West Cumbria with its stunning scenery, good food and thriving local community. What is there not to like! Roger and Cheryl married in 1977 having met in Brighton, training to be teachers. Roger started working full time in church leadership in 1982.  He now leads the team at Kings Church and serves other churches locally, nationally and in other nations as part of the ChristCentral team. Together they have a passion to see local churches grow into all that God wants them to be.

Now they have three adult children and are kept young by their grandchildren. In their spare time they tame their garden and enjoy local walks in the fells or watching a good film with a glass of wine! Sometimes you can see Roger catching the wind, sailing on Derwent Water or running locally and Cheryl loves homemaking and hospitality.

STEVE BERESFORD

Steve has attended Kings Church since he moved to Cockermouth with his young family in 1998. He recognised and identified with the church's family feel and the creative ways it engaged with the wider town community. Steve has a degree in Engineering from Bradford University and a Masters from Cranfield University and spent 20 years in the food, chemical and nuclear industry before deciding to retrain and run his own Boat Building business in the Lake District just north of Cockermouth. He is passionate about his craft, both manufacture and restoration and working with teams of enthusiastic people.  He loves the outdoors: running, sailing, canoeing and mountaineering.

Steve is married to Christine and they have 3 children. He has served as an elder since 2015.  Steve recognises the value of children’s and youth ministry within the church and oversees this. He sees the church family as the heart of God within the local community and through encounter and experience of the love and presence of God, sees the potential to impact our town and area with purpose, hope and opportunity.

CHRIS ROBINS

Chris (originally from Sevenoaks) met Gail in Mexico in 2000 after moving to Guadalajara and opening an English Language School. Gail was already in Mexico running a home for street boys in the city, having moved from Brighton. They married in 2001, and continued to serve God in Guadalajara until 2008, when they moved to the Midwest of America to serve in a Newfrontiers Church. 5 years later, they returned to the UK with their dogs, and moved to Cockermouth to convert an old house in the countryside into a luxury guest house.

During Storm Desmond in December 2015, their home and business was flooded, and the next few days were busy days with Kings Church Cockermouth members helping to clean up, throw out, and bringing food and drinks to help Chris and Gail on their road to recovery. ‘We see this as a great example of the Church in community, helping those that need help’.

Chris joined the eldership team at King’s Church in February 2015 and is passionate to see the local church impact the local community and see the Kingdom of God grow in Cockermouth and others towns and villages in West Cumbria.

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