Our Leadership Team.
It can sometimes be difficult in a church environment to see who's who and what's what. We want to be as open and inclusive as possible, especially if you're a visitor. With that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to our leadership team.
The terms Elder, Pastor and Overseer are used interchangeably in the Bible. Elders are essentially men who are called by God and have been tested in accordance with the scriptures to ensure that they are qualified to lead. It is their job to oversee the church in terms of doctrine and direction. New Life Church is currently served by a team of three Elders:
Paul started New Life Church just over 20 years ago. It all began in his living room, with less than 10 attendees. Paul is our senior elder and also spearheads much of our work with other neighbouring churches. He also has overall responsibility for preaching and teaching in the church as well as oversight of our team of deacons. He lives in Cardiff with his wife Sally and has four grown children.
James was appointed as an elder of New Life Church in September 2010 having served the church in various capacities over the last 10 years. In his role as an elder James oversees our life groups, Sunday morning meetings and the Worship and PA teams. James and his wife Becky have three daughters and live in Cardiff.
David was also appointed as an elder in September 2010. He has primary responsibility for our youth and children's programme as well as church administration. He works as a full time youth worker outside of the church and has extensive experience in creating initiatives for young people. David, his wife Hannah and their young son live in Cardiff.
New Life Church deacons work along side the elders, supporting them in their roles and in so doing, are faithfully serving God. The job spec of a deacon is set out in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Essentially, the role of deacon is a worthy and a high calling. Deacons are servants of the Church. The Bible sets out that deacons are worthy of respect, that they must be sincere, self-controlled and have a good knowledge of the Bible. There are currently several deacons that play a crucial part in the running of the church.