East of Eden Mission staff

Reverend Les Wallace

Rev. 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 across the UK 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 role here is also as co-leader of the East of Eden Mission Community. These are an exciting times as we all seek to discern God’s direction as this community develops.

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

Reverend Katharine Butterfield

Rev. Katharine Butterfield

I was brought up in Keswick but moved away when I went to the University of Aston in Birmingham. Here I trained to be an Ophthalmic Optician and spent many years working in various cities, following my husband Stephen’s teaching career, before returning to Cumbria in 1999. I bought a small optical practice in Keswick from a family friend.

During this time, I started to discern God’s calling and was ordained in 2015. I have subsequently become full time in ministry and am enjoying this change of vocation.

My passion is encouraging people in their faith, wherever they may be, and giving them opportunities to use and develop their God given gifts.

We have three grown-up children who live away and at present one grandchild but are looking forward to the safe arrival of another. My interests are fell walking, reading and spending time with my family.

Canon Stephen Pye

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!



Reverend Keith Speck 


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.  Oh and grandchildren are brilliant by the way!!


Reverend Mark Houston

Rev. Mark Houston

I was born in England although I grew up in Northern Ireland during the 1970’s & 80’s.  Having always been involved in church as a child; singing in the choir, being in the Boys Brigade etc I made my own step of faith as a teenager on a camping holiday in Donegal.  I moved to Yorkshire in the late 80’s to train as a teacher and for over twenty years I worked in a variety of schools.  On the side I liked to play my bass and sing in rock groups, playing in the local pubs and at Christian music festivals.  Once I realised I wasn’t going to be the rock god of my dreams the band started to play in prison chapels.  This gave me an early indicator towards going in to full time ministry.  And, here I am, years later following the One who has called.  I still enjoy playing music whenever possible and I listen to a wide range of recorded and live music when the opportunity lends itself.  I am married and have two children who are at university.  We like travel, going to movies, eating out and spending time together whenever possible.