Parish Staff

Vicar: Fr Stephen Cooper
vicar@columbawithjohn.org.uk

Fr Stephen Cooper was born in Batley, West Yorkshire, in 1954. After being recommended for ordination in 1973, he took a preliminary theological course at The Bernard Gilpin Society in Durham before completing his training at Chichester Theological College. He was deaconed in 1977 and priested in 1978. For seventeen years, Fr Stephen served in the Diocese of Wakefield – in Horbury, Barnsley, Elland, and Huddersfield before coming to Middlesbrough in 1994.From 1994 until 2005, Fr Stephen was priest in charge of St Columba`s and an assistant chaplain within the South Tees Hospitals Trust. In 2005, on leaving the chaplaincy, he also became priest in charge of St John`s. At the beginning of 2009, Fr Stephen became Vicar of both benefices of St Columba and St John.
His interests include watching football, playing golf, vegetable gardening and he has been a very appreciative member of the Campaign for Real Ale for 35 years.

 

Assistant Curate : Fr Paul Mark Kronbergs
curate@columbawithjohn.org.uk

I was born in Middlesbrough, in Bright Street in 1955 and was baptised in St John’s Church on Marton road.  I served an apprenticeship at Haverton Hill shipyard as a Plater/Shipwright.    I married Sandra in 1976 and we now have two grown up children. In 1999 I began exploring a vocation to ordained ministry and eventually was selected to train on NEOC as a self-supporting minister.  I was ordained priest in 2006. I exercise a worker-priest ministry within the engineering industry, and continue to serve as assistant priest in the parish of St Columba with St Paul, and St John the Evangelist  in Middlesbrough.
I have been involved with the St Columba Project, which is a drop-in centre for those on the edge of society e.g. the homeless, drug addicts and prostitutes.  I am also very keen to promote devotion to the Divine Mercy through the shrine at St John’s.   My hobbies are reading, music, hill walking and D.I.Y.