At Blakelaw Community Church we believe...


There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.


The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. The Old and New Testament, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.


The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the church in this present age.


The church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the body, the church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the Gospel, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgement. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible and physical.

Meet the Leadership Team


Mark Sharman and Sandy Sharman

Mark and Sandy are originally from London. They both became Christians while at university and met one another at a Bible Study in Central London. After university Mark trained for ministry at Trinity College, Bristol and Sandy trained to be a Science teacher in London.


They have been in pastoral work since 1976; their first church being in North West London, where they married in 1977. In 1983 God guided them to the North East, which continues to be their home. Over the years they have formed many strong friendships and links with other churches and fellowships in Tyneside and have seen God maintain unity amongst Christian leaders.


Mark and Sandy have 3 children and 6 grandchildren that they enjoy seeing regularly. Although both are now retired, Mark still loves preaching, evangelism, riding his electric bike, walking in the Lake District and reading

history books. Sandy enjoys playing the piano, walking with the dog, teaching, technical challenges, and leading worship.


Jonathan  Aiah Komba-Kpakoi

I am married with four children and have strong evangelical core values. I became a ‘born again’ Christian in 1992 and did some evangelical work when teaching at schools in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I am also a trained classroom teacher and a qualified Health & Social care worker.


Currently I am one of the leadership team at Blakelaw Community Church. My main focus is preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and giving hope to others to enable them to transform their lives through Jesus Christ. I strive to work with all age groups.


Bolaji Ismail

I was raised in a Muslim family, but I gave my heart to the Lord in 1987, when I was in secondary school; it has been an amazing journey ever since. I have served the Lord in different capacities since my conversion; as Youth Pastor in my local church in Lagos, Nigeria, as a leader in the campus fellowship during my undergraduate years, and as a church planter and Pastor of a local church in Washington, UK for seven years.

I met my sweetheart, Theodora at university and we got married in 2004. We are blessed with two amazing kids. My wife has been my rock through the years, using her amazing gifts to support our ministry work and the children. It is an honour for me to serve in the leadership of Blakelaw Community Church.


Pam Baxter

My name is Pam and I am married to John Baxter. We have 1 daughter, 3 sons and 9 grandchildren.


I went to church as a little girl, but then didn’t go for many years, until I moved to live in Helensburgh, where I attended a Church of Scotland for 18 years. It was during this time I gave my life to Jesus when I went to a Billy Graham mission. In 2004 I moved to live in Stockport and it was there I was Baptised at Hazel Grove Baptist Church.


I came to live in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2011 and now go to Blakelaw Community Church where I am involved in the children’s work and am a member of the Leadership Team. I enjoy being part of this welcoming, growing, family church and especially enjoy being with the young people in Sunday School and learning new worship songs.


One of my favourite verses in the Bible is Psalm 46 verse 10 ‘Be still and know that I am God’. We live in a time when people are busy and sometimes experience stress and anxiety. It is good to slow down and know the peace that only comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.


John Baxter

I was brought up in Edinburgh in a warm Christian environment. I gave my life to the Lord when I was 18. I am married to Pam and we have attended Blakelaw Community Church since 2014.


There is a great need today for people to know the Lord Jesus and, as an elder of

the church, I desire that our fellowship will reach out with the ‘good news’.