The Minister & Staff
Meet the people at St Columba's. Click on a face below to read more.
Revd C Angus MacLeod MA BD
The Reverend Angus MacLeod was inducted as Minister of St Columba’s, Pont Street and St Andrew’s, Newcastle in June 2012, following sixteen years of service as a chaplain in the British Army. His family roots are on the Isle of Skye and Durham, in the North East of England. He studied at the University of St Andrews before travelling and working in America, London, Milan and Romania. Prior to ministry he worked in advertising and teaching. He returned to St Andrews to study Divinity before completing his training with churches in North Carolina and Glasgow.
He is married to Dr Liz Brutus. Their daughter Olivia was born in 2011. He is a sports enthusiast and lover of the sea and the hills. His great grandfather was the first minister of St Columba’s.
Ben Lewis- Smith
Benedict Lewis-Smith was organ scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford (2007–2010) and prior to this was awarded a place as a specialist musician and organ scholar at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset.
He combines his role as Director of Music at St Columba’s with a substantial freelance career in London including vocal coaching, accompanying and conducting.
He has broadcast on BBC radio 3, and recently recorded on the digital label Resonus Classics. Recent performances include recitals in the Victoria International Arts Festival, Gozo, and a concert tour of Buenos Aires, where he delivered classes in English song to the students at the Departamento de Artes Musicales y Sonoras. He currently conducts the office choirs of BNY Mellon, Fidelity Investments and The News Corporation.
Previously Director of Music at St. George’s School, Windsor Castle he now works with choirs at Westminster School and Hill House International Preparatory School in London. He also performs alongside Julian Collings as the Oxbridge Organ Duo, with recent performances in Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway) and St George’s Basilica (Gozo). They are soon to release a CD with Regent Records “Firebird: virtuosic works for organ duet” www.oxbridgeorganduo.com
Catherine began learning the organ with Donald Davison at the age of fifteen when she was awarded a three-year scholarship by the Church of Ireland. Since then, she has become an Associate of both the London College of Music in Piano Performance (2013) and the Royal College of Organists (2017) and has been an organ scholar at Rochester Cathedral and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Aside from her organ studies, Catherine has always been an enthusiastic choral singer and director. Following on from her role as Acting Assistant Director of Chapel Music in Winchester College, she is currently training to be a music teacher at St Catherine’s School in Guildford. In her capacity as Head of Organ Studies, she also directs the school chapel choir and co-ordinates the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy for female organists.
Lucy has been with St Columba’s Church as Church Office Manager since 2014. Lucy has had a varied career working in sport, pharmaceuticals, finance and now the church. Lucy enjoys the variety that St Columba’s offers and tells anyone that will listen that no two days are the same here.
Lucy is proud mum to Sophie and Betsy and wife to Baz. As a family they enjoy watching travelling abroad and the UK, reading and cooking.
Teresa is an accountant, building a successful career within the charity field after years working in the business and commercial sector. She started working at St Columba’s in 2012 and is well known to the congregation as she regularly attends services on Sundays.
She is originally from a very close and traditional Mexican family and moved to London many years ago, opening doors to new experiences of life. Teresa enjoys traveling, cooking, meeting friends and takes time to support elderly people in her community.