Pastors and Elders
Luke Harding, Lead Pastor
Luke and his wife, Sara, have three children—Jane, Jack, and Hudson. Both Luke and Sara grew up just outside of Detroit. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Luke and Sara moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Luke completed his seminary education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and were members at Third Avenue Baptist Church. Most recently, Luke was part of the pastoral team at a church in Northern England before moving to East Providence. If you're interested in visiting Godspeed or knowing more about our church, he'd love to grab coffee with you. (He rarely turns down a chance to drink coffee!)
Rich Fulton, Associate Pastor
Rich was born and raised in West Hartford, CT. He attended Castleton State College in Vermont where he received a BS in Business Administration. After graduating in 1980 he met Susan, and they were married in June of 1982. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. In 1999 they relocated to Seekonk. Rich concluded a 40-year career in the dry cleaning industry in 2016. For many years he has been involved in leading men’s ministry at the churches he attended before Godspeed was founded. Rich serves as the Director of Ministry Partnerships for The Philip Center and is a staff Elder at Godspeed. He loves spending time with his children and grandchildren. Rich is also passionate about sports and music.
Steve Abbott, Elder
Steve grew up in Rhode Island and is employed in the food service industry. He was highly involved in the house church planting movement in RI in the 1980's and 1990's. Steve is married with two grown children.
Mark August, Elder
Mark and his wife, Cheryl, have lived in Rhode Island for over 30 years. Mark enjoys teaching at a local college and also in the Adult Sunday School at Godspeed. Mark participates in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast and he and Cheryl host a weekly home group together. They have two grown children, one of whom lives with his wife in Vermont, and the other in Rhode Island.
Alastair Wright, Elder
Born and raised in London, England, Alastair moved to the US in 1981. After teaching in a Christian school for 16 years, he moved to Riverside, RI, from Evansville, IN, in 2007 to become Director of Athletics at Barrington Christian Academy. He also teaches middle school health and physical education, and coaches soccer, basketball, and track. Alastair oversees the church finances and the Godspeed prayer ministry. He and his wife Kathy have four children.
Kathy Wright, Deacon
Kathy grew up in upstate New York. She has served for many years in children’s and women’s ministries and is now involved in the prayer ministry at Godspeed. She also helps in coordinating hospitality events and serves on the worship team. Kathy loves teaching math at Barrington Christian Academy. She also enjoys spending time with her four children. Kathy has been married to Alastair for 28 years.
Susan Fulton, Deacon
Susan has been involved in women’s ministries both in Connecticut and in Seekonk since moving with her family in 1999. She loves Bible study and is passionate about women growing in Christ. Susan and her husband Rich have been married since 1982, and both work with The Philip Center, a ministry which supports churches in New England in evangelism and outreach. She is the Godspeed Fellowship Church Administrator, and in her spare time Susan loves being with her family and friends.
Jarrod Lynn, Deacon
Jarrod is originally from northern California, but has lived in Rhode Island since graduating from Brown University. He's currently a full-time staff member with Cru, ministering to students and faculty on college campuses in Rhode Island and South Coast Massachusetts. He is married to Susie, also on staff with Cru, and they have four children. Jarrod serves as a deacon giving thought and direction to evangelistic outreach at Godspeed.
Marion Meeks, Deacon
A native mid-westerner, Marion and his wife Mary Ellen served in churches in central New Jersey for many years, before moving to Rhode Island in 2011. Marion was an elder, deacon, and choir member, and, along with Mary Ellen, taught Sunday School, led Bible studies, and administered a large missions program. They also worked with the team that established Windsor Chapel, a church plant in a neighboring community. At Godspeed, the Meeks' oversee missions.
Mary Ellen Meeks, Deacon
While living in New Jersey, Mary Ellen was for many years a deacon with special interest in women’s ministries and facilities management. She also enjoyed participation in music ministry. She was instrumental in designing the sanctuary and educational facilities at the recently dedicated Stone Hill Church in Princeton. Married for 52 years, the Meeks' have two adult children, Cindy Zulker and Tom, and five grandchildren.