I was born and raised in Lancaster (...yes, I know!) and studied Accountancy and Law at Manchester University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.
One of my main interests is music, learning the piano through my childhood and then qualifying as a piano teacher whilst at University. During late teenage years I became very keen on snooker, although my skill is sufficiently limited now to well disguise any signs of a mis-spent youth.
Born into a Methodist home, in my youth I was in the Boys Brigade and Youth Fellowship as well as involved in my church's musical life, culminating in me being organist and choirmaster.
My call to presbyteral ministry developed through my 20s, represented by a to-ing and fro-ing with God where I kept finding lots of good excuses. In the end I candidated to test the call once and for all, and the rest is history! I entered training in 1995 at Wesley College, Bristol where I met Gill. We were married in 1996 and stationed to Barnsley Circuit in 1997. We spent 9 fulfilling years in that Circuit, becoming Joint Superintendents in 2002. In 2006 we moved to the (then) Bramhall Circuit, Gill as Superintendent, and me in pastoral charge of Bramhall Methodist Church. The Circuit merged with the Wythenshawe Circuit in 2012 to become the Bramhall and Wythenshawe Circuit.
I count it a tremendous privilege to be a Minister within the Methodist Church. I am excited at the prospect of serving in the York Circuit, of getting to know you all and sharing life with you over the coming years, and I pray that together we will have the joy of seeing the Lord at work in our midst.
Rev Leslie Newton has pastoral charge of -
- Huntington Methodist Church
- Stamford Bridge Methodist Church
- Strensall Methodist Church
- Thornton le Clay Methodist Church