Empower Global

Aims and Activities

Family Church

Empowering communities through local church congregations.

Family Church Missions

Empowering nations by supporting relief work and missionary organisations.

Synergy Alliance

Empowering churches and church leaders through effective networking.

What the Charity Does

Charity Objectives

1. The advancement of the Christian faith by the proclamation and furtherance of the gospel of God.

2. The promotion of the worship of God by any means whatsoever, including the preaching and proclamation of the Christian gospel; the teaching of Christian doctrine and principles; and the printing, production and distribution of Christian literature, media products and other resources.

3. The relief of persons in conditions of financial need, or of those persons who are infirm for reasons of old age or sickness.

4. The advancement of education on the basis of Christian principles including the provision of educational establishments, materials and bursaries for the general education of children or adults on the basis of such Christian principle.

The Charity Directors

Derek Smith

Derek was born and raised in Bolton and has been in leadership and ministry for 25 years. He is the Senior Minister of Kings Church, a thriving local church that he planted in 2005, with three campuses now in Bolton, Blackpool and Wigan. His down-to-earth, gritty style comes across in his practical and empowering teaching that has inspired people all over the world. He has a contagious enthusiasm for life and loves seeing people grow into everything God has for them!

Derek is married to Georgina and they have two grown-up children, Abigail and Oliver. Derek relaxes by watching his other passion in life - Bolton Wanderers.


Simon Smith

Simon became a Christian at 7 years old, growing up in a Christian family. He was actively involved in church, Sunday School and youth groups until his mid-teens, but like many, he fell away from God for a few years in his late teens. Since returning to God in his early twenties Simon has been involved in many different areas of church life and is currently part of the Worship Team in the Gosport congregation of Family Church where he plays drums.

Simon is currently employed as a Project/Production Manager, having started off as an Electro-mechanical Apprentice with various roles in between. Simon is married with 5 children and his hobbies include walking, cycling and sailing.


Mark Ward

Mark was born in Portsmouth and grew up in the then ‘new’ Leigh Park Estate. Mark was the last of his immediate family to become a Christian in early 1975. Mark’s early employment years were in shipbuilding and defence with local companies, but from 2000 he embarked on a broader business role which gave opportunity to become a business consultant working in a wide range of industries throughout the world, permitting a greater understanding of cultures and how to apply processes that drive business success.

Mark is a musician who plays the drums. He has had previous voluntary community roles, including working as a school governor, local politics, and working as a special constable passing the Police Sergeant's Examination (Osprey).

Mark is currently working for a U.S. owned multinational company. He is married with two grown-up children and four grand children.


Wayne Keeping

Wayne was born in Portsmouth and grew up in a Christian family who attended the local Elim Pentecostal Church. He became a Christian at the age of 8 and was baptised at 12 years old. Wayne has been happily married to Nicky since he was 25 years old and they have three children - Lauren, Megan and Jack.

Wayne started his first business at the age of 21, which he established and developed for 20 years. He then merged with another successful marine engineering company and continued as Operations Director of the company for a further 5 years. Wayne left business at 45 years old to follow God’s call into Christian charity work for Stella's Voice - an anti-trafficking ministry.

Wayne became an Elder and Trustee of Family Church when it was founded in 1997 and has served in this position for 20 years.