Pastor & Elders

LEWIS ALLEN
LEWIS ALLENPastor
Lewis, Sarah and their five children moved to Huddersfield in 2010 after 12 years’ pastoral ministry at Gunnersbury Baptist Church, West London. Lewis is a keen student of Theology, and in his spare time is researching for a doctoral degree at Oxford University. The Allens love living in the town, and enjoy walking in the hills with their dog, and Lewis loves running and fly-fishing.

Lewis has published several books on Christian living and ministry, which you can see here

PAUL THOMSON
PAUL THOMSONElder
Paul is married to Gill and they have three sons, two of whom are married with children, whilst the third lives and works in Oxford. Paul works as a consultant with schools across the North of England and is delighted to preach in churches across the same region. He hangs on to the hope of keeping fit at the gym and loves to study hymns and their writers.
GRAHAM POWELL
GRAHAM POWELLElder
Graham Powell is married to Debra and they have a son and a daughter who are both students. Graham grew up in a Christian home and committed his life to Christ over 40 years ago in his mid-teens. Graham took early retirement from banking at the end of 2011. He enjoys walking and watching most sports.

Deacons

PHIL DELVES
PHIL DELVESDeacon
Phil is married to Sally and has lived in Huddersfield since arriving for university in 2011. After studying Music Technology, he now works in Manchester as a content executive specialising in football shirts. Alongside his love for music and shirts, Phil also enjoys cooking and travelling.
SHARON SWEETING
SHARON SWEETINGDeacon
Sharon is married to Steve, and they have a Son and Daughter. Sharon grew up in Almondbury and having moved away for several years, returned home to Huddersfield. Sharon is a Physiotherapist and has worked for over 30 years in the NHS. She enjoys reading, walking, travelling and spending time with family.
STEPHEN SWEETING
STEPHEN SWEETINGDeacon
Stephen is married to Sharon, they have a son and daughter. Stephen was brought up in Castleford and later moved to Bristol. He served as a mechanical engineer in the Royal Air Force, worked as a manager on the railway and currently works in estates at Sheffield University. He loves all things that are sport related, DIY and enjoys travelling.
KELECHI OKEGBE
KELECHI OKEGBEDeacon
Kelechi is a full time Engineering research student at Huddersfield university. He became a born again Christian at home at the age of 7 when a family friend told him about the gospel and explained heaven and hell. He is single (currently engaged to a christian lady called Wendy). After two brief experiences as an engineer, Kelechi currently works part-time at the University as a customer service assistant and at Royal Mail as a casual mail sorter and occasionally at the John Smith’s stadium as a sales assistant.
STEPHEN SHARPLES
STEPHEN SHARPLESDeacon
Steve is married to Sara and they have two grown-up children; a son who lives locally and a daughter who is married and lives in Allithwaite. Steve made a personal commitment to trusting Christ as his Saviour when in his teens. Steve and Sara moved to the Huddersfield area from Bolton in 2017 after Steve started a new process software engineering job at the Nestlé factory in Halifax where they make Quality Street. He has also been a member of the Gideons for over 15 years and is now an active member of the Huddersfield branch. In his spare time, Steve likes to play badminton and snooker and to watch films.
STEPHEN ROBINSON
STEPHEN ROBINSONDeacon
Stephen is married to Naomi, with 2 young children. He works as a design engineer for a medical device company in Leeds and lives just south of Huddersfield. He used to be a keen rock climber and snowboarder (when he had the time!) and is now a keen cyclist. He has a passion for interfaith dialogue, apologetics and house renovations.

Apprentice

LIZZIE SHARPApprentice
Lizzie grew up in Chichester but moved all the way up to Huddersfield in September 2019 to be an apprentice at Hope. She became a Christian in 2016 while she was at university studying Plant Sciences. As an apprentice, she’ll be involved with student, youth, children’s and women’s ministries. She will also be traveling to York one day each week to take part in a bible training course. In her free time, Lizzie enjoys playing the recorder and baking. She can also do an impression of a guinea pig which she’s been told is quite convincing.

Childrens Work

SARAH ALLEN
SARAH ALLENSunday School Coordinator
Sarah is married to Lewis and mum of five children. She is also a supply teacher in local schools and involved in Sunday School and student ministry at Hope. Sarah loves reading, long walks on the moors and dark chocolate.