Our Senior Leadership Team feel very blessed that they get to work alongside people that they don’t just like but love! They love hanging out together and nearly as much as doing church together!

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Gareth Mills
Senior Pastor
Born and bred in Newtownards, Gareth started dreaming about a church like TLC as a teenager. He’s still dreaming about what the next 10 years will look like. Married to Melissa and proud Dad of Evie, Gareth loves spending time with his family and eating out.
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Melissa Mills
Worship Pastor
Together with Gareth, Melissa and their daughter Evie and a few friends founded Thriving Life Church in their living room in 2005. Melissa is always looking for new creative ways to communicate God’s love.
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Philip Allen
Executive Pastor
Philip is married to Kara and dad to 3 teenage kids. He joined staff in 2011 after working for many years as a production manager. He now puts those skills to use as he manages the day to day running of the church.
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Mandy Taylor
Children's Pastor
Mandy is married to Darren. After serving as a volunteer in the kids ministries in the church, Mandy began working full time for the church in 2013 as a children’s pastor. Mandy and Darren love long walks with the dogs!
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Karl Williams
Connections Pastor
Married to Emma and Dad to Abigail, Karl has a background working with mental health and substance abuse charities. He joined staff in April 2015 and loves to see people growing in authentic community with each other and God. karl@thrivinglifechurch.org
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Natalie Porter
Compassion Pastor
Married to Richard and mum to 4 amazing kids, Natalie loves nothing more than serving the community in practical ways and connecting them with their Heavenly Father who will meet all their needs.
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Debbie Martin
Teaching Pastor
Wife of John and mum to 4 teenager children, Debbie used to be a primary school teacher! In recent years, God has used to her passion to study God’s word in developing her bible teaching gift and inspiring others to read their bibles for themselves.
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Jim Clarke
Senior Leadership Team
Married to Gillian, Jim is a local businessman who has devoted much of his life to building church. On a day off Jim loves nothing more than getting out on the bike.
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Richard Porter
Senior Leadership Team
Married to Natalie and dad to 4 kids, Richard volunteers as a senior leader in the church. He loves connecting with our local community and seeing people encounter the love of Jesus in practical ways.