East of Eden Mission staff

Reverend Les Wallace

Full-time ministry began for me in 1994 after training at Wesley House Cambridge. Since then I have been involved in hospital and prison chaplaincy, leading mission teams as well as having charge of church societies. It has also been a privilege to work closely with other denominations and non-denominations such as Baptist, URC, independent Congregational, Catholic and various developing independent church fellowships. My wife Di (a Methodist Lay Preacher & tutor) & I have served in South Norfolk, Peterborough, Billericay and to date Cumbria. We felt Cumbria calling in 2002 and moved to Alston Moor Methodist Circuit. After seven years in Alston, we now live in Langwathby so as to be more centrally placed for the two amalgamated circuits of Kirkoswald and Alston Moor of which I am Superintendent Minister.

My interests include; folk singing, playing guitar, fiddle & bodhran, cycling, learning to appreciate opera and bike building or rather taking anything apart and attempting to put it back together again.


Reverend Mary Elliot


The Reverend Mary Elliot moved to Alston in 1988 and was ordained as a Methodist Minister in 2003, having trained locally.  She is termed an ‘Active Supernumerary’ as, although retired, she helps out a bit in the Circuit.  She is married to John, a Methodist Local Preacher.




Canon Stephen Pye


I have spent all my ministry in the North of England. I have been a curate in an East Lancashire mill town, a hospital chaplain, and for the past 25 years a Vicar in Cumbria, mostly in the Lake District.

My interests are Poetry (especially Emily Dickinson  and William Wordsworth), Butterflies,  and  Cycling. I used to be a pretty good fell runner. I would like to retire to a Hebridean Island!

Rev Keith Speck 

I have been involved in Christian Leadership since 1976,and after attending Mattersey Hall Bible College near Retford’77-79’ have ministered in mostly Pioneer and Church plant situations in Evangelical and Charismatic traditions for 20 years.

In the mid 1990’s an invitation to Minister within the Methodist denomination led to an opening up of ministry in both Methodist and Anglican Traditions for the last 20 years or so.

I feel a strong leading towards restoring the Prophetic edge in the Ministry life of the Church, and to see and experience our God at work amongst the community in which we live.

Change is never easy especially when it occurs outside our comfort zone which it always seems to, it is often both exciting and frightening at the same time, but we have to be open and sensitive to the Holy Spirits promptings and leadings into whatever challenging arenas are ahead of us.

I am married to Elizabeth and we have 4 children and 5 grandchildren, two of our children are married and living in Cumbria, One married living in the USA, and now one married and living in Australia. So that’s our Holidays sorted!

I enjoy Travel (good Job really) , History in general, but Tudor, Roman, and Military history in particular, Ornithology, Horticulture, and until recently Motorcycles. O and grandchildren are brilliant by the way!!