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Welcome to Family Church

A message from Andy & Gina Elmes
Andy  Gina Elmes, Senior Pastors of Family Church

Andy Gina Elmes, Senior Pastors of Family Church

Hello and welcome to Family Church; one church with many congregations.

We are so glad that you have taken the time to visit our site. You will see that we have loads of great stuff going on throughout all of our congregations each and every week and this site is jam packed with everything you need to know about us and what we are up too.

Take a moment to look around and visit our different congregations. You can browse through various events that are coming up near you, or perhaps listen to a podcast or watch one of our services.

Hopefully you will find everything that you are looking for, if not please don’t hesitate to drop us an email; we would love to help you more.

God Bless,

Andy & Gina Elmes
Senior Pastors of Family Church

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Family ChurchPortsmouth Central
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Family ChurchPortsmouth
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Family ChurchGosport
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Family ChurchBridgemary
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Family ChurchHavant
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Family ChurchWaterside
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Family ChurchGuildford
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Family ChurchMakati
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Family ChurchEst. 1825
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Family ChurchEst. 1825
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Young Adults

What we Believe

Statements Of Faith

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s word, that it is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
  • We believe 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.
  • We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and his purpose for our lives.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. 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.
  • We believe 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.
  • We believe 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 to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We believe that our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as he promised.

Who we are


Andy & Gina Elmes

Andy & Gina Elmes – Senior Pastors

Andy and Gina spent a number of years travelling and preaching the gospel in Africa, America and Europe before planting Family Church in October 1997. Andy is a very popular speaker at churches and Christian conferences both in the UK and throughout the world. His preaching is humorous and impacting and he is gifted as an evangelist. Andy and Gina carry a real love for the church and lead with lots of passion and a huge vision. With five children, Andy and Gina are really good at leading big families – like Family Church! 

Steuart & Carla Payne

Steuart & Carla Payne – Executive Pastors & Congregational Pastors, Portsmouth Central

Steuart and Carla oversee the general operations of Family Church, working with the Core Leaders to provide great leadership in all congregations. They also serve as Congregational Pastors of the Portsmouth Central congregation, currently with an average of 400 to 500 people in attendance. Steuart and Carla began their journey with Family Church when the church was less than a year old and have been involved in most areas of church life in one way or another over the years! Steuart and Carla met and married since joining Family Church and now have two young boys. 

Geoff & Jane Wood

Geoff & Jane Wood – Congregational Pastors, Gosport & Bridgemary

Geoff and Jane joined their family and their lives with Family Church at the tail end of 2004, when they made the decision to close their existing church in Gosport and start a new congregation in 2005 under the banner of Family Church. Today that congregation is thriving, making an impact in the town of Gosport and beyond, having also embraced another church in the Bridgemary part of Gosport and relaunched it as a Family Church congregation. Geoff and Jane head up the Gosport and Bridgemary congregations and are part of the senior leadership team of Family Church. Geoff and Jane have six children, and one grandchild, who all love God and love being part of His church!

Steve & Kirsty Carey

Steve & Kirsty Carey – Congregational Pastors, Havant

Steve and Kirsty joined Family Church in 2005. They married in February 2007 and soon after joined the leadership team of Family Church. After overseeing the Students and Young Adults Ministry for a while, they then planted the Havant Congregation of Family Church in 2009. Steve and Kirsty are passionate about building the local church and seeing people discover their God-given purpose. They have two beautiful daughters, Gracie and Evie.

Paul & Wendy Drodge

Paul & Wendy Drodge – Congregational Pastors, Waterside

Paul and Wendy became congregational pastors of Waterside when it was launched in March 2011. They were previously both part of the leadership of another church in Hythe, alongside Tim and Danni Lockwood, our Guildford pastors. Both come from a teaching background, Wendy still continues to teach at a local secondary school. They have two teen-aged children.

Matt & Victoria Armstrong

Matt & Victoria Armstrong – Congregational Pastors, Portsmouth North

Matt and Victoria have been in Family Church for many years and married in 2007.  After completing Emerging Leaders training they were appointed as Assistant Pastors to Steuart and Carla in Portsmouth Central.  In 2013 they, along with their family, moved to lead Portsmouth North congregation. 

Tim & Danni Lockwood

Tim & Danni Lockwood – Congregational Pastors, Guildford

Tim and Danni have been involved in ministry for many years. They met through Christian Youth projects and were married in 1998. Despite Tim’s desire to become a police officer, which he achieved in 2001, he felt that God was calling him into ministry. After pastoring a local church for several years, Tim and Danni felt that God was relocating them and, in 2011, they became the Senior Pastors of Eternity Church in Guildford, taking over from the founding pastors. Eternity Church became part of Family Church in January 2014. Tim and Danni are passionate about seeing Guildford transformed by the power of God working through his church. They also have two amazing children, Acacia and Joseph. 

Mark & Sarah Carter

Mark & Sarah Carter – Congregational Pastors, Est. 1825 Portsmouth

Mark and Sarah took on the role of Young Adult and Student Pastors in September 2009, having been Youth Pastors for a number of years. They oversee everything we do in Portsmouth with young adults and students. They desire to impact the thousands of students in the University of Portsmouth (as well as the local Colleges) who are just starting out in life, unaware of the greater purpose and hope that only comes from a relationship with God! Within the church there are many young adults and students who have incredible potential and their aim is to unlock the God-given potential within every one of them!

Charlie Kang

Charlie Kang – Congregational Pastor, Est. 1825 Guildford

Charlie was part of the leadership of Eternity Church when it became part of Family Church in January 2014. Charlie works part-time for a consortium of Higher Education Institutions in supporting its research and innovation strategy. Currently, Charlie heads up Est.1825 Guildford, which is the Students and Young Adults sub-congregation, as well as supporting Pastors Tim and Danni as the Assistant Pastor of Family Church Guildford.


What's happening in the week

What's coming up...

This Week

Saturday 25th October, 9:30 am to 5 pm, at Bedales School, Petersfield

Her Conference

Her Conference A powerful one-day event at The Quad, Bedales School, Petersfield. £20 conference fee, book at Connections.

Youth (Ages: 11-18)

Future Events

Saturday 1st November, 12 pm to 2:30 pm, at the Empower Centre, Portsmouth. £3.50 per child

Lift Off Light Party

Lift Off Light Party Please wear your brightest coloured clothes as we celebrate Jesus being the Light of the world. Saturday 1st November, 12 pm to 2:30 pm, at the Empower Centre, Portsmouth. £3.50 per child (includes lunch). All children in year R-year 6 welcome – a great opportunity to invite school friends. Space is limited so please book AND PAY prior to the event via Connections.

Sunday 9th, Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th November, at the Empower Centre, Portsmouth


Refuel with special guest speaker Colin Urquhart, from Kingdom Faith. We're hosting three nights and two mornings of solid Bible teaching from one of the UK's most renowned Bible teachers, Colin Urquhart. Each session will be different, so if you can, aim to be at as many of them as possible: Sunday 9th, 6:30 pm Monday 10th, 10 am (2 one-hour sessions) Monday 10th, 7:30 pm Tuesday 11th, 10 am (2 one-hour sessions) Tuesday 11th, 7:30 pm The sessions are free. There will be no child care provided, though.

Saturday 15th November, 6:30 pm, at the Empower Centre, Gosport.


Baptisms Baptisms are an essential part of Christian discipleship. They are an outward profession of the inward change that has taken place since becoming a Christian. Our Baptism nights are a celebration of God's redemptive power, and include worship and a message, as well as testimonies from the people being baptised. If you'd like to be baptised, please speak to your congregational pastor. This is a great event to invite unsaved friends and family along to, especially if you are being baptised yourself.

Synergy Alliance

Synergy Alliance

Find your tribe

Synergy AllianceSynergy Alliance is a group of people that enjoy each other’s company and have enough in common to want to both build and walk alongside each other with a level of commitment that is healthy. We do not set out to be everyone’s ‘flavour’ or ‘cup of tea’; rather we seek to find those of common heart, those who are looking for a ‘tribe’ that sounds, and feels, like us. If that’s you, you are very welcome to join us. If not, then let us encourage you to keep looking because it is relationally important that you find your ‘tribe’. Find out here some of the things that make us who we are and give us the unique flavour we enjoy.


Empower Centre Portsmouth

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