WELCOME

Welcome to Christ Central Church, which began in 1978 with just a handful of people meeting in a living room. Since then, Christ Central has grown and flourished as we have sought to share the love of God with our community.

Men, Women and Children of all ages, cultures and walks of life have given themselves to making Jesus famous. Our deep longing is to continue seeing many people’s lives transformed by the power of God.

We carry with us a mandate from God to resource and release people into their destiny and calling in God.

 

“Christ Central is for everyone no matter your age or background. We want all to feel welcome to experience the love and presence of Jesus whenever you are among us. Our only aim is to encounter God and learn how to follow Him better.”

Lead Pastor,
RICHIE POWELL

OUR VISION

A church that resources and releases people into their destiny and calling in Jesus both locally and globally

OUR STORY

1978

The journey began with a handful of people who longed for an expression of Christianity which resembled that of the early church in Acts. Within 12 months the church was launched with no building, no pastor, no history, no traditions and no money.

 

1980-1985

God continued to grow His church and our struggle was to find buildings that were suitable and we could grow into. Buildings were purchased, renovated and within a few years outgrown as Gods favour was with us.

1985-1994

Offices were purchased and the church’s main meeting services were held first in St Johns school, and then in Royston Primary school and continued to gather many, through fun days, pantomimes and so much more.

 

1994-2010

It was during this time that through much prayer and sacrificial giving that we were able to purchase the Kings Hall (an old office supplies premises) we started meeting upstairs in the smaller hall while a major refurbishment of the downstairs was undertaken and finally completed in 1996.

2010-2016

Again there was a need to improve our facility as we continued to grow and take on more ministry opportunities and so a major reconstruction of our welcome area, kitchen facilities and children’s ministry areas began.

 

2016-2017

We have found that God for many years has used our church and ministry to reach out to both the neighbourhood and the nations with the love of Jesus. We now live with a redemptive purpose to be a Resourcing and Releasing people and everything we do comes under that umbrella.

OUR TEAM

RICHIE POWELL

RICHIE POWELL

Lead Elder

Richie came from Sussex to Christ Central in 2000 to be a youth worker and never went home. Since then God called him on to lead and grow a small church plant on the Isle of Wight for 5 years before calling him back to become lead elder of Christ Central in January 2017. Richie’s primary responsibilities are for the vision, teaching and mission of the church. He is married to Raina they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

 
MIKE LILLYCROP

MIKE LILLYCROP

Elder

Mike became an elder in February 2010 and has been a part of the church for 20 years. He is responsible for teaching, preaching, pastoral care and seeks to prophetically equip the church. Mike is married to Jayne.

MAX EATON

MAX EATON

Leadership Team

Max began working for the church in 2007 on a Frontier Year Project. He has been a part of the church since 2005. He currently leads the praise & worship ministry team and looks after media and communications. Max is married to Tessa and is father to Emelia Rose and Jacob.

 
PETE HEATH

PETE HEATH

Leadership Team

Pete joined the full time team in July 2011. He currently oversees our Connect, Community & Equip groups and our Welcome team at Christ Central as well as being a part of the preaching and teaching team. Pete, his wife Becky and their three daughters, Tayla, Eden & Macy have been members of Christ Central Church since 2007.

BECCI LEE

BECCI LEE

Youth Worker

Becci started working at Christ Central in January 2014. Becci works part time running the youth work and overseeing discipleship for our young women. Becci is married to Ben and is mum to Ella Mae.

 
KEN KITSON

KEN KITSON

Finance

Ken does a fantastic job of taking care of our church accounts and finances. Ken is married to Paula and is dad to James and Aaliyah.

 
MICHELE SOLLEY

MICHELE SOLLEY

Michele brings the best out in all of us through her skills in administration, always seeking to find ways to best serve the church and increase our effectiveness. Michele leads our mums and toddlers group called “Morning Stars”. Michele is married to Matt and is mum to Lois and Elliot.

 
JACOB WEBB

JACOB WEBB

Impacter

 
TAMMY HINES

TAMMY HINES

Impacter

OUR VALUES

When you come among us you will find...

WELCOME

We want to extend a special welcome to everyone whether you are a person of faith or not, whatever your background, whatever your circumstances, we want to help all who meet us encounter the love of God and the fullness of relationship with Him.

FELLOWSHIP

Demonstrating the love of God in unity and authentic Christian community together, we celebrate our diversity and embrace all it means to be “one new man in Christ”.

WORSHIP

Expressing a life of intimacy with God by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth both corporately and individually.

SPIRIT

We welcome the work of the Holy Spirit in every area of our life and testimony knowing both His power and presence are needed for victorious life.

WORD

We are passionate about living a life of faith and obedience based on the Bible, believing both its commands and promises.

PRAYER

Developing a lifestyle of prayer, where we expect to hear from God and let Him lead us in all we do.

DISCIPLESHIP

“We are here for one another’s success”. Jesus’ instruction was simple, make disciples who make disciples, in everything we do we pursue Christ-like maturity.

MISSION

We place a high emphasis on sharing the Good News of Jesus in words and actions to our family, friends and colleagues in our neighbourhood and the nations, partnering with other churches both locally and globally.

STEWARDSHIP

Managing wisely and giving generously of our time, talents and treasure helps us to achieve the call of God to Resource and Release so that the kingdom can advance.