Who’s Who



Graham Thomson is our Pastor.  He is married to Dawn, and they have one son, Jude. They moved to Cleckheaton in August 2017 to start Spen Valley Church. Before that they lived in Huddersfield, where Graham grew up. Graham is a long suffering Huddersfield Town fan, and loves a beer with mates, a good book, and some really heavy guitars.Contact Graham at graham@spenvalleychurch.org or 07738285491, or follow him on Twitter: @goldenpthomson 



Derek Ventress is our Assistant Pastor.  He was previously the Pastor of Staincliffe Baptist Church, in Dewsbury.  Before that he worked as a Maths teacher in Mirfield for over 30 years. A keen follower of Rugby League, Derek has spent the last 4 years serving as Chaplain to the Batley Bulldogs Rugby League team. You can get hold of Derek on derek@spenvalleychurch.org, or 07988735693.  He’s also on Twitter: @derekventress



Mark Frost grew up in Huddersfield, and now works in Brighouse, as Cafe Manager of Cafe 139. He’s married to Anna, and they live in Wyke. Mark was a founder member of the church, and has been one of our Elders since October 2019. He’s currently studying on the Crosslands ministry training course. Mark enjoys reading, history, Liverpool FC, and quality coffee. You can contact him on mark@spenvalleychurch.org or 07727533565. Follow him on Twitter: @MarkLFrost



Women’s Worker

Dawn moved to Cleckheaton from Huddersfield to help plant the church in August 2017. She’s married to Graham, and mum to Jude. She’s worked as our Women’s Worker part-time since September 2018. Before that she was an RE teacher in Wakefield and Mirfield for 20 years. She’s passionate about helping women to understand the Bible and meet Jesus in it. Dawn enjoys singing in the Cleckheaton Community Choir, dancing, and spending time with people. You cna reach Dawn on dawn@spenvalleychurch.org or 07738285684. She’s on Twitter too: @dawnpthomson