Church mourns couple killed in road smash

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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The congregation of a Sheffield church is mourning a young couple killed in a three-car crash.

A memorial service is being planned for Stephen Donnelly, aged 26, an associate pastor at Antioch Community Church in Broomhall, and his girlfriend, church volunteer Mandy Gold, aged 21.

They died on the A14 near Naseby, Northamptonshire, on Saturday night as they returned from a wedding.

Senior pastor Todd Roberts said: “They were a devoted couple, they were besotted with each other. Everybody at the church has been really shocked.

“We are terribly sad about our loss and just trying to grieve.

“But at the same time the great hope of the Christian faith is what the Bible tells us, our true home is Heaven and that’s what all this life is preparing us for. We hope that we will meet again.”

Stephen, from Treeton, who played the piano and the guitar, had been playing at a family wedding in Kettering. He and Mandy, who lived with her parents in Harthill, and helped with Sunday school and women’s bible groups, had become a couple about a year ago, and went on a missionary trip to Poland together last year. “Both of them loved meeting other people, seeing other cultures and sharing their faith,” said Todd.

A 33-year-old man from Brigg, Humberside, faces a charge of causing both deaths by dangerous driving and of driving after consuming excess alcohol.