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Ministry Team
General oversight at ECC rests with the Senior Minister and appointed ministers of the Church Council.
Others are responsible for the day-to-day management or ministry in specific areas. Of course, we are blessed with a wider team who faithfully lead or serve in our various departments - 'community' being one of our core values.

Darren Roy
Darren Roy


Darren is an ordained minister who leads our team, training and ministry. He is an ambassador of our vision to truly 'know God', both locally and internationally. 

Elder David Smith
David Smith


David is an elder at Emmanuel. He's known as an encourager and coach, and his disciplined life is an example to the church here. He has a gift for teaching with analogies. 


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Lisa Smith

Chaplain  (Students & Young Adults)

Lisa is a chaplain serving students and young adults. She loves to see people thrive and is an advocate for mental wellbeing which she promotes with Be Me Project.

Liz Matthews chaplain
Liz Matthews

Chaplain  (Older Age)

Liz serves as a chaplain to older people, helping them to connect with the Christian faith. She aims to celebrate the contributions of those in the 'second half' of life. 

Group Team

Deacons and house-group leaders are at the heart of life at Emmanuel in Ulverston. They aim to foster a sense of community by providing opportunities for members to build relationships, grow spiritually, receive support, pray and learn.

David and Lisa Smith

David & Lisa

Group Leaders

The Smith's encourage, coach and support. They care for people's wellbeing and they want everyone to thrive. David is an elder and Lisa is a chaplain for young adults. 

Paul Sedgwick Karen Sedgwick

Paul & Karen

Deacons & Royal Rangers

The Sedgwick's want to make people feel loved, welcomed and connected. Hospitality and servanthood are gifts they display for the good of all concerned. 


Abbey Matthews

Youth Leader & Royal Ranger

Abbey helps the youth with her caring, compassionate, joyful, and Jesus-loving personality. She has a heart for the whole church and she's a role model for many.

Colin & Sue Thornhill

Colin & Sue


The Thornhill's aim to make everyone feel special and loved. They serve as group leaders and Matthew 5:7 is their life message; showing mercy (acts of kindness).

Stuart Matthews & Elizabeth

Stuart & Elizabeth

Group Leaders

The Matthews' aim to see people grow in God's love and they stand with them at crucial times; Stuart as an officiant and funeral minister, and Elizabeth as a chaplain.

Go Team

Church Council

The board of trustees

The board is a team of ministers or trustees who administrate the church affairs: Darren Roy, David Smith, Colin Thornhill, Paul Sedgwick and Andrew Wright. 

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