Leadership Team

Leadership Team


Simon Burin – Pastor

The biggest privilege in my life, is to serve God on a full time basis. Enon is a great church full of great people, all made in the image of God. I grew up in Sunderland and trained as an Electrical & Mechanical Engineer. However, God had other plans and after theological training in Capernwray Bible School, Moorlands College & spending seven years in ministerial training, here I am, back in the North East.

It was only through Jesus Christ, that I found a true freedom by experiencing His abundant love and forgiveness. It’s now my life’s ambition to share this awesome news with as many people as possible in the hope of seeing other lives transformed. When I am not working, I love to spend time with my girls; my wife, my daughter and my dog Milly. When I am not with them, you’ll most likely find me on the beach, fishing, on the golf course with Gerry or playing football someplace.


Gabriel Okugbeni – Discipleship

I was born and raised in Nigeria. In my second year at University of Nigeria Medical School, I gave my heart to Christ after reading a book titled “My God is Real” by the late Anglican Vicar David Watson. This was the most important decision I have made in my life and it has changed the course of my life. My desire since then has been to know Jesus better and live like Him.

It has been a privilege and pleasure to be part of the leadership at Enon. My wife Peace and I lead the Cleadon/Whitburn house group. Peace also leads the Student’s house group. We have three grown up Children. I am passionate about seeing members at Enon grow in maturity in their walk with Christ by engaging in disciplines like daily bible reading, praying and being active disciples of Jesus Christ.

I work as a Consultant Paediatrician in a local Hospital. I enjoy reading and travelling. I am a passionate Liverpool football supporter and enjoy watching various sports on TV including Football, Rugby and, Tennis!

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Stephen Richardson – Worship

A retired English teacher at a local comprehensive school, I now spend much of my time enjoying my main interests in life which begin with my family, wife, sons and three beautiful grandchildren. I love pottering in my garden and in others’ too where I enjoy the outdoor life. Music, especially classical choral music, is a passion and I have been an active member of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society for many years, singing tenor. Sporting interests include following Sunderland AFC, cricket especially Durham at Chester-Le-Street and gentle jogging usually along the sea front at Seaburn. I love walking especially in the Borrowdale region of the Lake District.

Church life is also a very important part of my life and I serve on the leadership team where I am responsible for worship; I am privileged to lead a talented team of willing musicians most Sundays. A house group leader together with Dorothy, my wife, and now we are both involved in the TNT group. I try to keep the church garden tidy.

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Jude Murray

I was born and raised in Sunderland before going north to the University of Dundee. Not knowing what to do with a History and American Studies degree I joined Operation Mobilisation (OM), with whom I’d done short term missions previously (having become a Christian when I was 10!)

After 3 years in the North Africa Office in Spain I felt God prompting me to become a teacher – something I never wanted to do! – so I got my PGCE in Primary Education and headed off for Kenya, Cyprus and Afghanistan with a teaching career spanning 9 years.

Returning to the UK for health reasons it was time to find out what God had next for me. Having been a sport addict all my life I began to help the OM SportsLink team which has gradually seen me move to be point person for Europe, helping OM teams begin, develop and multiply sports ministry in their countries.

My passions are a) to see the church going out into their community and taking Jesus to the people, b) showing how various sport can be an extension of worship to God and a witness to those around C) helping young Christians develop in their faith in a missional way, using the gifts God has given them in their churches and communities.


Fiona Holburn – Missions

A recently retired Community Paediatric Physiotherapist.

An eight year break from Physiotherapy in the late 1980’s and 90’s. One year at Northumbria Bible College. One year at Wycliffe Bible Translators training college. Fifteen months learning French in Switzerland. Four and a half years in Burkina Faso, West Africa, working as a literacy specialist in an area where the mother tongue had not yet been written down. Amazing years.

I revel in very early morning walks or cycle rides especially in spring and summer to a local beach or to local fields. I’m also delighted to go for walks later in the day with others!! – discovering new places is always a delight. Painting classes not to be missed!

I’m very interested in the land of and the people of Israel and how what is happening there relates to the rest of the world.

I love to see how the Lord transforms lives and continues to do so for as long as we desire it throughout our lives. My longing is that as a Church our hearts would continue to yearn to know Him better. That as a body of both young and old alike, we will be led and used by the Lord within the local community, and beyond, to share that love that He has freely poured out on us, with all those who as yet do not know the full extent of His love for them too.

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Brenda Evans – Pastoral

I come from a family who have had an association with Enon for over 100 years.

My role is to offer practical/spiritual support to those in need in the fellowship and community. I lead a small team of those with a pastoral heart, we organise hospital/home visits and give practical help when and where necessary.

I love to cook, get out in the car driving, knit and most of all, I enjoy taking regular breaks in God’s own country – Cumbria.