Family Church


At Family Church we are a people who are...


People who purpose to live as the new creation God has made us, living out of the New Covenant that is based on the finished work of the cross.


People who refuse to be seated comfortably or ‘stored’, but rather embrace “Go” at every opportunity. Living passionately to make a difference in our households, local communities and further afield, to the ends of the earth.


People who purpose to walk forward from the first initial step of salvation into all that God has for us. Committed to not only reach people but also to teach people about all God has done for them.


People who are not afraid to be passionate with their praise and intimate with worship; who love and hunger after the presence of God.

Bible Believing

People who seek to understand and apply God’s unchanging Word and are resolved to never add to it nor take from it.


A community diverse in culture and age who place great value on ‘doing life together’ and who don’t just attend events. People committed to developing healthy relationships, believing these to be the cables that make our church strong.


People who believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in this day, not just in the days of the Early Church. People who are empowered, equipped and led by the Holy Spirit in their daily lives.


People who are committed to making Jesus and His Church attractive and accessible to all, without watering down the message we carry; innovative with the packaging of ‘church’ without compromising the content.


People who are responsive to God and responsive to the needs of His people and of our community.


People who display the generosity of God. Believing the Church to be the Household of God we look to have a culture of generosity that is manifested through passionate giving and serving at every opportunity.


People who place great value on giving honour to each other as we do life together.


People who have a commitment to raising the next generation; who love to put the best of who we are into raising children and young people to know and serve God.

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


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.


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


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


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


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.