About Us

Every one of us at Hope City Church is passionate about people knowing Jesus and living their best life.

Hope City Church

Hope City Church is a multisite church currently consisting of 12 locations with its ‘founding location’ in Sheffield, England. It is a contemporary Christian church and a part of C3 Global, a movement of around 500 church locations based out from Sydney Australia.

Hope City Church is a protestant church, believing that salvation is found by grace and not by being ‘good enough,’ and is pentecostal in it’s celebration of The Holy Spirit bringing joy, wisdom and power into our everyday lives. It is traditional in many of its values yet contemporary in its style of music and relevancy of its preaching.

Hope City Church was pioneered in Sheffield in 1991 by our Founding Pastors Dave and Jenny Gilpin in response to the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy when almost 100 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Within a few years they launched what is now called Hope Church in Rotherham. In 2002 they launched what is now called Audacious! Church which is now one of Manchester’s largest churches.

After this Hope City Leeds was established as well as Hope City Liverpool, Hope City Newcastle, Hope City Accra in Ghana, Hope City Frankfurt, Hope City Kuala Lumpur, Hope City London and Hope City Birmingham.

More recently the Leeds location has launched Hope City York, the Newcastle location has launched Hope City Sunderland and the Frankfurt location has launched Hope City Darmstadt.

Hope City Sheffield has continued to move forward and has a vision to build a 1,100 seater auditorium including a vibrant community outreach service providing training and social opportunity for all ages and backgrounds.

Pastors Dave and Jenny led the church for nearly 30 years before moving back to Australia in 2020. Currently the church is led by our Global Leadership team made up of Lead Pastors in each location, supported by the Trustees.

Meet the Global Leadership Team

Chris and Gosia Denham

Chris and Gosia were trained at Cliff College, a qualified training centre of the Methodist Church and joined Hope City Sheffield upon their graduation. They lead Hope City Leeds as well as Hope City York and have a heart to both raise leaders and reach the marginalized through Hope Project Leeds. They have 2 children.

Simon and Rachael Taylor

Simon and Rachael were born and raised in Sheffield. They moved in 2007 to pioneer Hope City Newcastle and are passionate about building a thriving church in the North East of England. They have 3 children and bring faith, family and fun to all that they do.

Steve and Siobhan Bullock

Steve and Siobhan were released to go to Germany to establish Hope City Frankfurt as well as Hope City Darmstadt. They are enthusiastic ‘disciple makers’ and love creating church in the heartlands of Europe. They have 3 children.

Jo and Lois Willis

Jo and Lois are both graduates of the Hope City Internship. They served as the youth and young adult pastors in Sheffield for a number a years before taking on leading the Sheffield location midway through 2020. They have two children.

Ali and Karen Bianchi

Ali and Karen were the Family Pastors of Hope City Sheffield before being released to take over the leadership of Hope City Accra, Ghana. Karen was the Director of City Hearts for a strong season seeing it grow from small beginnings to what it’s become today. They have 4 children and want to see the church thrive in Africa.

Joel and Emma Burden

Joel and Emma came to Sheffield as students and went on to head up our creative ministry and work as PA to the Senior Pastor’s respectively. With mission in their blood, they were released to go to South East Asia and plant an expression of Hope City in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, where Joel’s grandparents once spent time as missionaries. They have one son and want the church to grow both fast and strong.

David and Lisa Stoner

Dave and Lisa were trained at Kingdom Faith training college. They spent time ministering in Chorley, Lancashire before coming the Lead Pastors of Hope City Liverpool. Their heart is to see the church rise in health and vitality and to see people enter into their full potential. They have 2 children.

Tebo and Becky Mpanza

Tebo met Becky at Hope City Leeds and after they married they were released to become Lead Pastors of Hope City Birmingham. Their contemporary style and their optimism has allowed them to raise up a young congregation that sees no limits for what God can do in that city.

Sats and Emma Solanki

Sats and Emma originally met as students in Sheffield and then spent time in Hope City Frankfurt pioneering worship and creativity. They were released to head to London to become Lead Pastors of Hope City London that meets weekly in the trendy suburb of Shoreditch. They want to make a huge differences to the Capital! They have two children.

Ian and Kat Harding

Ian and Kat met in Newcastle, where Kat joined the church as a student and Ian was a part of the team that launched Hope City Newcastle. After 10 years of being a part of the Newcastle location, they recently moved to pioneer Hope City Sunderland. They carry a steadfast spirit and are committed to seeing the city thrive. They have one son.

Hope City Trustees

Our Trustees consist of Mr Colin Davies, Dr Wale Olarinde, Mrs Anna Ibbotson, Ps Paul Benger, Ps John Greenow and Mr Christopher Davies.