Elders

Andrew Blain

Andrew Blain

Andrew is married to Laura and they have two sons called Joshua and Reuben. They both came to Lancaster in 2007 to study at Lancaster University. After university they stayed at Moorlands to be trained to study the Bible more as Ministry Trainees. They both wanted to stay in Lancaster to stay with Moorlands and keep serving the growing gospel work in Lancaster. So when they finished being trained they got jobs in the area.

Andrew grew up overseas, living in far-flung places like Australia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and East Yorkshire! So, he doesn't really have a place he's originally from. But since Lancaster is now the longest he's ever lived in one place, he's so proud to call it home!!

He enjoys movies, board games and mint-chocolate ice-cream.

 
Danny Rurlander

Danny Rurlander

Danny is the Senior Pastor and heads up the staff team and elders. Danny is married to Emma and they have four children; Esme, Chloe, Lachlan and Lucy. Danny and Emma both grew up in Kendal and love the Lancaster area.  Danny trained at Moore Theological College in Sydney after which he served in a parish church in Merseyside for three years.  

He also teaches doctrine subjects on the North West Ministry Training Course in Leyland. 

Danny enjoys good coffee, running, family walks in the Lake District, and anything out doors

 
Simon Tomlinson

Simon Tomlinson

Simon is married to Coralie and they have four children; Talitha, Isla, Rory and Lydia. They live on the edge of the Lune Valley and love the Lancaster area. As well as serving as an elder Simon leads a Growth Group with Coralie and they are also actively involved in ministries with children and young people. 

Prior to moving to Lancaster, Simon worked in the City of London for almost twenty years, as a partner in a national firm of accountants, and then for an investment bank. He now finds himself working with a wide range of local businesses. To relax, Simon enjoys cycling and other outdoor pursuits, but more often than not, he finds his free time is spent mowing grass, strimming hedges, cutting logs, and painting gutters, with the occasional walk along the River Lune with the family and their dog!

Nathan Weston

Nathan Weston

Nathan is married to Sîan and they have three children; Ben, Isaac, and Hannah. Nathan and Sian both grew up in Blackpool and were members of Moorlands for around 5 years before moving to London for Nathan to train at Oak Hill Theological College. After finishing studies in 2013, they returned to Lancaster for Nathan to take up the position of Associate Pastor.

In his spare time Nathan enjoys highly dangerous extreme sports, such as birdwatching, reading, doing crosswords and listening to Test Match Special.

Church Staff

Danny Rurlander Senior Pastor

Danny Rurlander
Senior Pastor

Danny is the Senior Pastor and heads up the staff team and elders.  He is married to Emma and they have four teenage children: Esme, Chloe, Lachlan and Lucy. Danny and Emma both grew up in Kendal and love the Lancaster area. Danny trained at Moore Theological College in Sydney after which he served in a parish church in Merseyside for three years.  

He also teaches doctrine subjects on the North West Ministry Training Course in Leyland.  

Danny enjoys good coffee, running, family walks in the Lake District, and anything outdoors.

 
Nathan Weston Associate Pastor

Nathan Weston
Associate Pastor

Nathan is married to Sian and they have three children: Ben, Isaac and Hannah. Nathan and Sian both grew up in Blackpool and were members of Moorlands for around 5 years before moving to London for Nathan to train at Oak Hill Theological College. After finishing studies in 2013, they returned to Lancaster for Nathan to take up the position of Associate Pastor.

In his spare time Nathan enjoys highly dangerous extreme sports, such as birdwatching, reading, doing crosswords and listening to Test Match Special.

 
Becky Byrom Families Worker

Becky Byrom
Families Worker

Becky came to Lancaster to train as a music teacher in 2005 and she loved being a part of Moorlands so much she didn't want to leave.  Becky has been working for our church family since 2009 - first as a trainee and now as our families worker.

Becky likes to sing and play the piano and is almost completely dependent on tea. Other spare moments are filled with eating, watching films and taking funny photos.

 
Charlotte Fraser Student Worker

Charlotte Fraser
Student Worker

Charlotte is married to Sam and grew up on the Wirral. She moved to Lancaster in 2011 to study English Literature at Lancaster University and became a Christian in her first year soon after being brought along to Moorlands. After graduating she then worked as a Ministry Trainee at Moorlands for two years. 

Charlotte loves meeting with students to read the Bible and pray together. She also enjoys going to coffee shops, days out in the Lake District, and almost always has a camera glued to her face.

 
Gareth Watts Student Worker

Gareth Watts
Student Worker

Gareth is married to Fiona. He grew up in the South East and moved to Lancaster to study Economics at Lancaster University in 2011. Since graduating Gareth has spent two years working for Moorlands as a trainee and a year at Lancaster University in the IT Department and is now one of our student workers.

Gareth enjoys riding his bike and is an enthusiastic fan of professional road cycling. He also likes a good board game, reading books about cycling, video games and Arsenal football club. 

 
Xichen Wang Trainee International Worker

Xichen Wang
Trainee International Worker

Xichen is from Hunan, China. He is married to Eva and they have a daughter called Ella. Xichen came to Lancaster to study his PhD in Economics in 2012. One year later, he joined Moorlands where he became a Christian by the grace of God. After his PhD, Xichen joined Moorlands’s staff team and became an international worker in 2016. 

In his spare time Xichen enjoys watching football games and reading the Bible. 

 

Ministry Support Staff

Becca Holden Administrator

Becca Holden
Administrator

Becca was born in the North West and has spent most her life here, bar a brief spell in Chesterfield. Becca was raised in a Christian home and is very thankful to God for it. She became a Christian in her teens and was baptised at her church in Holme Village. Becca and her family moved to Moorlands in 2012.

Becca is a massive Bolton Wanderers fan and is one of only a handful of people who still owns a season ticket! Aside from football, Becca loves to spend time with friends and enjoys watching crime shows. Her main task as Administrator is freeing Danny up for more word ministry.

Ministry Trainees

 
Lily Chen

Lily Chen

Lily was born in Anhui, in the central south of China, and then moved to Shenzhen. She came to Lancaster to study Marketing and Design in 2012. She first heard the gospel at the Lancaster University Chinese Christian Fellowship, and became a Christian at the end of her foundation year. She was introduced to Moorlands Church by a Christian friend who brought here to study the Bible at International Real Food. She was later baptised in 2014.

Lily is very thankful the amazing grace of the gospel that caused her to change and grow. She is very much looking forward to build a firm foundation in her faith in Christ through doing the ministry trainee scheme at church. She’s looking forward to the opportunity to be equipped to tell people more about God.

She is a little shy, but still likes to make friends. In her spare time she enjoys baking all kinds of cakes and doing watercolour pencil painting. She also likes to travel to explore different cultures.

 
Erin McMaster

Erin McMaster

Erin is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne but has grown up for the majority of her life on the Isle of Man. She came to Lancaster in 2013 to study a degree in Biological Sciences and has since gone on to study a Masters in Biomedicine. She became a Christian in her first year after being invited along to Moorlands Church and hearing the gospel explained and has been keen to serve God and getting stuck into His word ever since.

Erin is an avid squash player, and loves playing whenever she can. She also loves watching films, playing video games and creating/watching videos on YouTube. Sketching, playing her flute and baking are also some of her passions, and if you ever go round to her house there’s often plenty of cake to eat!

 
Mark Richmond

Mark Richmond

Mark is from Middlewich in Cheshire. He grew up in a Christian family and became a Christian at a very young age. He came to Lancaster in 2014 to study Maths. Mark has loved being part of this church since he arrived and is so thankful to God for all the people he has got to know over these last few years and for all he has learnt from God's word. He is looking forward to getting to know new people and learning more over the next year.

Mark enjoys reading, board games, or just meeting a few friends for a drink and a game of darts.

 
Neil Richmond

Neil Richmond

Neil is married to Rika. He first came to Lancaster in 2014 to study Maths at Lancaster University. He was graciously brought up in a Christian family with a Christian brother (Mark!), and therefore heard the good news of Jesus from an early age. He was baptised more recently in 2016. He has loved his time here as a student and is looking forward to being trained and to seeing God work in Lancaster.

Neil enjoys sports, mainly football and anything involving a racket. But he is also quite happy to relax on the sofa and read. 

 
Rika Richmond

Rika Richmond

Rika is married to Neil and was born and raised in Hong Kong. She came to Lancaster to study Linguistics at Lancaster University. Despite hearing the gospel from a young age, she only started to grasp what it means to follow Jesus after she started coming to Moorlands Church.

Rika is known to ‘laugh at everything’, but she often wonders why people do not understand why she laughs. She enjoys reading, playing piano, knitting, and playing board games. After living in England for five years, she has grown to love going on walks, drinking ‘normal’ British tea, and being 'Britishly' polite. She also loves travelling and exploring new places.

 
Will Russell-Yarde

Will Russell-Yarde

Will was born and raised in Coventry in the Midlands, where he very steadily got to grips with the gospel through his family and church and decided to follow Jesus. He has since come to Lancaster and completed his degree in Electrical Engineering, and has continued to deepen his understanding of the Bible and love for God. He is really excited about spending the next year developing skills and knowledge for ministry and helping others do the same!

Will is a big supporter of cheesy jokes, and often makes himself laugh, even if no-one else! He’s happy to give anything a go once, especially when it comes to being active, and is a particular fan of racquet sports. Though he has probably spent just as many hours chilling on the sofa watching films and TV series. 

 

 
Steve Sammons

Steve Sammons

Steve grew up on the outskirts of Stoke and lived there until coming to university in Lancaster. He eventually came to Moorlands just after Christmas in the first year of his degree and through the student program became a Christian some time in his first year. Ever since then he has loved all the opportunities to grow in his understanding of the gospel. Now that Steve’s graduated he’s looking forward to spending even more of his time in God’s word and being trained to serve the church better.

Steve’s favourite hobby is probably hill walking (preferably in winter) with the occasional dabble in Mountaineering “when it’s worth it.”