The Team

Rev. Chris Upton

Chris has been the minister since 2000, when he came to West Lane as a student in training.    He is always reading and trying to wrestle with what it means to follow Christ authentically in today’s world.

After his 2012 sabbatical he gave a considered reflection on all that he learnt whilst ‘on holiday’ on September 23rd at 6pm in the chapel.  Reflections from a sabbatical

In October 2013 chris gave a lecture, “13 years in…” sharing what he believes about God, Jesus, the bible, the church and life in a small village. It was recorded and can be seen below.

Here is his Literature Review (the first hoop of the D. Prof)Lit review final apa

Here is the paper he gave at TinY (Theology in Yorkshire) in Feb 2016. anonymous lessons from a closed church

Joe Smith

Joe Smith is currently training as a Baptist minister and will be with West Lane for 2 years as our minister in training (a bit like a curate for the Anglicans out there).

He’ll be completing an MA in Contextual Theology at Northern Baptist College in Manchester, alongside living in Haworth and getting involved in church and community life. He has a background in youth work, but is excited to experience Church minstry in a much broader way.

The Deacons

Alongside Joe and Chris we have a wonderful team of Deacons who help make sure that everything runs smoothly.