Meet the Pastoral team.

Gareth Mills

Lead Pastor
Born & bred in Newtownards, Gareth started dreaming of a church like TLC as a teenager. He's still dreaming now!  Gareth is married to Melissa and is proud Dad of Evie.

Melissa Mills

Worship  Pastor
Melissa is married to Gareth and mum to Evie. Together with a few friends,  they founded TLC in 2006.   Melissa is always looking for new creative ways to share the best news she's ever heard!

Philip Allen

 Executive Pastor
Philip is married to Kara. They have three grown up kids, Alex who is married to Tobi, Chris and Eve.  God has been stirring Philip's heart to develop the pastoral side of our church  ministry and this is what he spends a lot of time exploring. 

Mandy Taylor

Kids Pastor
Mandy & her husband Darren have recently welcomed their daughter Zara into their home. Her new role as a mummy has inspired her even more, to support parents with establishing faith at home. 

Karl Williams

Connections Pastor
Married to Emma and dad to Abigail and Ezra, Karl has a background of working with learning disabilities, mental health and substance abuse. He joined staff in April 2015 and loves to see people growing in authentic community with each other and God.

Debbie Martin

Discipleship Pastor
Debbie is married to John and mum to 4 of the best kids anyone could ask for. Her two passions are studying the bible and seeing people step more fully into a living relationship with God. She feels blessed to have job that allows her to do both on a daily basis.

Natalie Porter

Compassion Pastor
Natalie is married to Richard, and has 4 kids. Natalie’s passion is to serve the people of Ards and beyond through practical ministries that bring the hope and light of Jesus to their lives.

Lauren O'Neill

Youth Pastor
Lauren is married to Benji and  loves that she gets to spend the best of hours of her week investing in young people and helping them become all they were created to be!