brinkburn road, darlington, DL3 6DX

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A church for people of all ages in the heart of the community

Who's Who?


Vicar in charge: Lissa Scott

Lissa is vicar at St Matthew & St Luke’s as well as being the vicar for St Michael’s Heighington. She is the main contact for the church and can always be contacted with questions or to chat about anything you wish to discuss. Lissa was licensed in June 2011 by Bishop Mark.



Ruth Dawson was ordained Priest in July 2016



Ruth Irving

The Churchwardens have a wide ranging brief and with their team are responsible for many aspects of the running of the parish including, in co-operation with the vicar:-

  • Day to day running of the Parish
  • Maintenance of the church and facilities
  • Welcoming visitors and Church dignitaries
  • On occasion standing in for the vicar


Assistant Churchwardens

Peter Craig, Diane Evans, Peter Waistell.


Authorised Pastoral Assistant

Joyce Barber

Joyce is our Authorised Pastoral Assistant (APA) and leads our Pastoral Care team. Originally from Hillingdon in Middlesex, Joyce moved to Darlington in 2003 from Kent where she had lived for over 30 years.

Supported by the Pastoral Care Team, Joyce is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the provision of Home Communion to those who are housebound or in care.
  • Initial contact with families coming for Baptism when they visit the office.
  • Delivering the Baptism preparation.
  • Visiting the sick and housebound.
  • Joyce is also authorized to conduct Communion by Extension at St Matthew & St Luke’s.


Parochial Church Council (PCC) Members

The PCC is the governing body of the Church. It is responsible for Church policy, direction and finance.

Rev Lissa Scott (chair), Ruth Dawson, Peter Craig, Joyce Barber, Val Collins, Angela Dillon, Laura Dillon, Diane Evans, Ruth Irving, Mavis Jubb, Victoria Murphy, Carol Richardson, Kelly Waistell, Peter Waistell, Sheila Walker.


Pastoral Care Team

Joyce Barber, Val Collins, Annette Denham, Sylvia Hepper, Mavis Jubb, Sheila Walker and Beryl Wilson.


Shared Ministry Team

The Shared Ministry Team at St Matthew & St Luke’s meets bi-monthly on an informal basis and are a forum for the direction our church is heading both as an organisation and spiritually.

Rev Lissa Gibbons, Peter Craig, Sylvia Hepper, Carole Richardson, Carole Ridley, Beryl Wilson.


Communications Group

The role of the Communications Group is to support effective communication both within the church and to the wider community of our parish and town.

Peter Craig, Diane Evans, Phyllida Joy, Mavis Jubb and Clare Tuddenham. 


Worship Advisory Group

The Worship Advisory Group chooses the hymns for services as well as organizing cover for services if Lissa is otherwise engaged. Joyce Barber and Beryl Wilson are licensed to give ‘communion by extension’.

Joyce Barber, Beryl Wilson.



Our choir is led by Carole Hardy (organist/pianist)

Mavis Jubb, Christine Moss, Carole Ridley, Sadie Ridley and Beryl Wilson