Family Church

About

At Family Church we are...

CHRIST
CENTRED

Committed to keeping Jesus and His Kingdom at the centre of our lives and church.

COMMISSIONED

Living passionately to share the gospel locally, nationally and globally.

DISCIPLES

Growing into all that God has called us to be, continually transformed by His Word and Spirit.

Empowering

Equipping disciples to serve God in all spheres of life.

Bible Believing

 Walking in the unchanging truth of God’s Word, resolved to never add to it nor take from it.

Spiritual

 Acknowledging the ministry of the Holy Spirit; being filled, empowered and led daily.

Worshippers

Passionately praising, intimate in worship, hungry for God’s presence.

Family

Celebrating our diversity in culture and age, committed to developing healthy relationships.

Servant Hearted

Serving one another and the purpose of God in our generation.

Community Minded

Being the hands and feet of Jesus in our local communities.

Responsive

Constantly responsive and active, never apathetic and passive, to God and His call.

Honourable

Giving honour where God says it is due.

We believe...

That the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.

— (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

In one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

— (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Psalm 145:17)

That sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

— (Romans 5:18,19)

He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

— (John 10:30; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 1:18-21)

That in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

— (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9)

That in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us ‘speak in tongues’ and use other spiritual gifts.

— (Romans 6:3-7; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

— (Ephesians 4:7; Romans 12:4-8; Matt 22:37-39)

We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively.

— (3 John 1:2; Genesis 12:2; Joshua 1:6-8)

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

— (Matthew 25:46)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

— (Acts 1:11)

Leadership Values

WE ARE SPIRITUAL LEADERS

A Kingdom people; set apart from worldly culture, committed to personal growth and committed to bringing glory to God in our speech, attitudes and responses.

WE LEAD LIKE WE LOVE IT

…. because we do love it! We are passionate, enthusiastic, attentive, protective and willing to make sacrifices. 

WE MAKE ROOM AT THE TABLE

There is a place for you here, everybody adds something.

WE GET THINGS DONE

We hold ourselves and each other to account. We are a ‘can do’ people.

WE ARE ONE FAMILY

We are a family, committed to unity and part of something greater than ourselves. What we are a part of is greater than the part we lead.

Meet the elders

Andy & Gina Elmes

Andy & Gina are the founding pastors of Family Church and serve as our Senior Pastors. They have an apostolic gift and bring clear vision and leadership to the church. As well as leading the church, Andy spends some of his time travelling in the UK and internationally, speaking in churches and conferences. Andy also heads up Synergy Alliance, a relational network of likeminded church leaders and churches.

Wayne & Nicky Keeping

Wayne & Nicky have served alongside Andy & Gina since the very beginning of Family Church. They are faithful to the core and speak the truth in love, bringing wisdom on many levels to the team. Wayne also serves as a trustee of Empower Global (the registered charity name of Family Church) as well as a trustee of Stella’s Voice
(a UK registered anti-human trafficking charity).

Pastors of Family Church Portsmouth

Steu & Carla Payne

Steuart & Carla serve as Executive Pastors of Family Church, overseeing the corporate side of the church, as well as leading the Portsmouth congregation. Steuart is gifted in implementing the vision and teaching the Word of God. Carla loves people and has a heart to see broken lives redeemed and restored.

Geoff & Jane Wood

Geoff & Jane serve as Area Pastors of Family Church in the Gosport area, leading the Gosport congregation. They are passionate about people and gifted as pastors. They champion marriage and family within the church and have written marriage and parenting courses that have impacted many lives.

Steve & Kirsty Carey

Steve & Kirsty serve as Area Pastors of Family Church in the Havant & Waterlooville area, leading the Havant congregation. They are gifted pioneers and church builders and have a prophetic and discerning edge to their lives.

Paul & Wendy

Paul & Wendy lead the Waterside congregation of Family Church. They are excellent pastors and leaders and are passionate about building a church that impacts communities. Paul also serves the church as Finance Manager, bringing invaluable skills and wisdom to the team.

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