Leadership Team

Gateway Church Northumberland has a leadership team of three: Joss Bray, Dave Harbertson and Mark Van Schalkwyk, with the team being led by Joss.

Joss and GillJoss Bray became a Christian at the age of 15 in London. He has lived in Shilbottle since 2007. He has previously been an elder of a Newfrontiers church in Sunderland and a United Reformed church in Newcastle. He is a doctor specialising in helping people with drug and alcohol problems. Previously, he has been a psychiatrist and a GP. Joss served on Shilbottle Parish Council from 2013 to November 2014.

Joss is married to Gill. They both enjoy playing music and also play badminton once a week with a group of friends in Shilbottle Community Hall. They have two sons, Sam and Luke who is married to Beth. They are passionate that God wants to build His church and that church doesn’t need to be complicated or big to be effective. Joss would like to start the Gateway Motorcycle Club as soon as Gill agrees to him owning a motorbike again! They are members of the Evangelical Alliance.

Dave Harbertson became a Christian whilst in his teens, living in Lincoln. He is now a retired teacher of 38 years experience and is an avid golfer, a reader of crime novels and is a long time supporter of Sheffield Wednesday.  He has a passion to see the church grounded and living according to the Word of God.

Dave is married to Jill, a keen family historian, and they have 2 children, Alison and Steven, and 5 grandchildren.

Mark Van Schalkwyk was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, during the apartheid era. He became a Christian in 1987 and joined the church now known as Jubilee Church Cape Town. Whilst contracting as an IT programmer he met Gail in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2001. They where married a year later at City Church Newcastle. In 2004 they moved into Northumberland to be part of County Church Northumberland led by John Wilthew. In 2014 they joined Gateway Church Northumberland with their two boys.

Mark likes playing with radio controlled tanks, scalextrics, reading fantasy and sci-fi, watching sports and skiing. Mark and Gail enjoy riding roller-coasters, watching live cricket and rugby, and drinking good wine and good food. Gail says he is a master of the BBQ (braai for those in the know) and blending fresh coffee.