King’s Church Kingston is led by two pastors, Philip Ellwood and Paul McArdle. The word ‘pastor’ is a term the Bible uses, along with other words like ‘elder’ or ‘shepherd’, to refer to men to whom God gives the responsibility of leading and teaching the church.
Philip Ellwood, pictured with his wife, Caroline, is the lead elder of the church and works full time in the office. A former teacher of history and sports, Philip takes every opportunity to pursue his passion for both subjects.
Paul is married to Belinda, and they have been part of King’s Church Kingston since it was planted in 1994. They have four children, and became empty nesters in 2014. Paul has served on the leadership team since 1994, and is also Chair of Governors at Kingston Community School.
The pastors at King’s Church Kingston are supported by a staff team, each of whom carry different responsibilities in the church. The team is: Jamie Rowsell (Worship & Communications), Carly Best (Operations), Rachel Brand (Administration) and Louise Richmond (King’s Kids).
Life Group Cluster Leaders
Jason & Vicky Stocks and Mark & Kate Goddard each oversee a cluster of three or four Life Groups, in order to provide support and direction to Life Group leaders and their groups.
There are a number of other leaders in the church, of Life Groups, serving teams and other ministries. Some of these are: Ruth Gatward, who leads Little Sparks, our crèche for under-3s; Dan and Anna Harris, who lead our youth work, Ignite; Becca Beschizza, who leads our women’s ministry; Patrick Corbett who leads the men’s ministry and Seamus & Abby Reilly who take care of our Students.