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Who we are

Journey Community Church started out as a movement of people gathering together to worship Jesus in a living room.  Out of our heart to seek God’s presence, was birthed a family of people with a strong desire to see God’s kingdom established on the island of Ireland. 

Journey Community Church is committed to planting churches that positively impact our communities. We are located on Market Street in the centre of Downpatrick, with a vision to see it transformed from within. We believe that investing in people is the way to see real change by showing them the love and passion God has for them. God delights in Downpatrick and its people as do we. It is our desire to see God’s glory manifest in the lives of those in our community. 

Sunday Service Time: 11:00am


The team

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Fiona Newell 

Fiona is on the leadership team at Journey Community Church Downpatrick. Fiona and her husband Clive have two children who live in London and Berlin. She’s a homemaker and crazy gardener, and has always longed to see the increase of God’s kingdom in life and work. 

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Sharon Wright 

Sharon serves on the leadership team at Journey Community Church Downpatrick. She is married to Mervyn, mum to 4 grown up kids and granny to 8 (and counting!). Her passion is to see people come into a relationship with God and to find their true identity in Him. 

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Tucker Leavey 

Tucker serves on the leadership team at Journey Community Church Downpatrick. He is a massive Liverpool fan and loves Downpatrick. Tucker has been involved in youth work for 4 years and is motivated to empower a generation of young people who know their identity in Christ. 

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John Ashe 

A Senior Leader at Journey Community Church; John also serves on the leadership team in Downpatrick. He has a passion to plant churches and see lives transformed through the prophetic and counselling ministry. He is married to his wife Rachel and together they have two children. 

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Gary Smith 

Gary is on staff at Journey Community Church as an Associate Pastor and Head of Media. He serves on the Leadership team in Downpatrick. Gary and his wife Becci have a passion to intentionally develop healthy community and to see creativity that is inspired by God. 

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Tom Harshberger 

Tom served as a pastor in Pennsylvania and New York before deciding to move to Downpatrick to come on staff at Journey Community Church. He has worked with students and young adults since 2004. He loves playing music, trying to play football, and eating Mexican food. 

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Brooke Harshberger 

Brooke is on staff at Journey Community Church, she worked in the field of social work for several years as a family based mental health therapist and children’s counsellor. She felt called into ministry at sixteen and has served as a youth leader and in global missions ever since. 


Our vision

It is our aim to radically impact the world around us, to be disciples who disciple others, to create a culture of honour, love and mutual respect by following Jesus. 

We exist not only as a church but as an enthusiastic and valuable member of our community. Our church is here to live life, love God and serve Downpatrick. 

For us this means establishing family where everyone is welcome. Being filled with hope and experiencing the power and love of the Holy Spirit, while at the same time creating authentic relationships by helping each other. 

We are committed to making an impact in our communities with the supernatural presence, power and love of God through acts of service. 


Where to find us

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The Market House
Unit 10-11 Market Street
BT30 6LR


028 4461 6911

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For regular updates please check out the Journey Community Church Downpatrick Facebook page.