Sheffield couple loved sharing faith

Couple Stephen Donnelly and Mandy Gold who were killed in a road crash on their way back from a wedding. 'Stephen was associate pastor at Antioch Community Church in Broomhall where Mandy also volunteered.
Couple Stephen Donnelly and Mandy Gold who were killed in a road crash on their way back from a wedding. 'Stephen was associate pastor at Antioch Community Church in Broomhall where Mandy also volunteered.
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A young couple killed in a road crash dedicated much of their time to the Sheffield church which brought them together.

Stephen Donnelly, aged 26, and his 21-year-old girlfriend Mandy Gold started dating after meeting through Antioch Community Church in Broomhall about a year ago.

The pair were both popular members of the church and also went on a missionary trip to Poland together last year.

“They were definitely young and in love,” said senior pastor Todd Roberts.

“It seemed like they were headed in a good direction.

“They loved the Poland trip.

“Both of them loved meeting other people, seeing other cultures and sharing their faith.”

Musician Stephen - a former pure mathematics student a the University of Sheffield - joined the church in 2007 and became part of its staff as a student pastor a year later.

Volunteer Mandy was a student life group leader at the church and also helped out with Sunday school and women’s bible groups.

She had recently started a new job at a construction firm after working at the TGI Friday restaurant near Meadowhall shopping centre.

Todd added: “Mandy was a hardy girl, she did a lot of missionary trips, most recently in the Middle East.

“Stephen was a very gifted musician to the point where he could have been a concert level pianist had he wanted to.

“He was a really loving person and everybody is grieving here because he was so well loved.”

The couple died after a three-car road crash on the A14 in Northamptonshire, at around 11pm on Saturday night, as they travelled their way back from a wedding where Stephen was performing.

A memorial is being planned at the church.

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