Meet the Team

Gerry Arnold (Leadership Team)

John Callaghan (Leadership Team)

Tim Merriman (Leadership Team)

Steve Udall (Leadership Team)

Michael Arnold (Church Administrator)

Helen Mason (Assistant Administrator)

Gerry has been married to John since 1975. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Gerry was trained as a primary teacher and has taught in a number of local schools over the years. Nowadays, as well as working for the church she is a link tutor which involves visiting trainee teachers when they are in schools. Gerry has also run a number of parenting courses as a volunteer with the national charity ‘Positive Parenting’.

As a member of the leadership team Gerry is an organiser, so it falls to her to pull together many of our activities and liaise with the various teams. She is often involved with pastoral matters in church. She is a team player and a problem solver who loves to encourage people as they grow into maturity and see that God is so much bigger than we ever realise.


John is married to Penny and they have three children and four grandchildren. Both have retired from teaching having taught in Petersfield Schools for many years. John has a wealth of experience in youth work, which is currently being outworked in the King’s Arms youth project, where he is Chair of Trustees.  John is passionate about UNITY amongst all the Christians in Petersfield and has twice been Chair of Petersfield Area Churches Together, (PACT) and he and Gerry (Arnold) regularly meet with ministers from other churches.

John is passionate about our church vision ‘To be Jesus in the Community’ and helped start the Petersfield Town Chaplaincy, serving and supporting people in businesses in the town. He regularly connects with leaders in the Pioneer stream of churches, of which Life Church is a partner. He has been engaged in the ‘Restorative Justice Programme in our local prison HMP Winchester and seeks ways to promote this message in schools.

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Life Church Petersfield is a charity registered with the Charity Commission (Charity number 1015031).
As such, we have a board of Trustees. They are:

Tim Aeschliman
John Callaghan (ex officio)
Dave Parkes
Rebecca Romanowicz
Belinda Shaw (Chair)
Sally Smith