Our History

Telford Elim developed out of an earlier Pentecostal work, Assemblies of God (AOG), a church plant in Hadley in the 1940’s. Elim took the work over in the mid to late 1950’s, and installed and opened a wooden building on 31st October, 1959.

This building served as the church’s meeting place, except for a time, around the turn of the century, when it was elsewhere in rented accommodation. That building was demolished in September 2011 & the new purpose built church centre opened in May 2012.

As the church was planted, the demographics of those who came were mainly from a poor, working class background. A particularly successful children’s/youth ministry, called ‘Sunshine Corner’ had a huge impact on many young people in the area introducing them to the Gospel and Christ. The early leaders, as we still do, sought to make the Church more contemporary in style, less traditional, more vibrant and inclusive. In 2019, we appointed a new Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Ben, who has begun to make a positive impact on young people in the church and in the community around us, and among young adults (17-30).

In 2019, we also began the building of a new 75sqm Annexe Community Hub – it will be called ‘The Hub’ and is due to be opened in March 2020. This will be used for Community Engagement Projects, and in supporting our mission in Telford. As a church we are thankful for our history but firmly believe our future will be even better in Christ.

Jesus inspires us to dream big and attempt the impossible

Our Leaders

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Leslie Burke - Senior Pastor

Born in Northern Ireland - raised on a farm - Christian at 18 - married to Joan at 19 - and family of four children by 28 - moved to England in 2002 - minister in Telford Elim since December 2004. Committed to the transformation of all things in Christ in Telford and Shropshire.

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Ben Ryan - Youth & YA Pastor

Originally a Liverpool lad now living in the 'countryside' that is Telford since Jan 2019. Became a Christian at 17, married Laura in 2015 and the proud dad of two girls Arabella & Ebony.  A passionate heart to see young people encounter Jesus and be raised up into leadership positions.  Supporter of a proper football team: Tranmere Rovers.

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Sam Adjepong - Elder

Originally from Ghana, Sam became a Christian whilst studying at university. He is a Consultant Surgeon at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust. He is a married to Hannah and has four grown up children and several grandchildren. He is part of Telford Elim's Worship band - singing and playing guitar. "Changing to be more like Jesus should be the goal of every believer".

Church Leadership team

The Church Leadership team (also known as Deacons) are responsible for engaging and serving within key areas in the life of our church and community.


Ade Allinson, Bernard Langford, Denise Gore, Himat Khetia, Isaac Alawode, Lynn Jones, Natalie Headley, Steve Higgins.

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Elim Pentecostal Church

The Elim Pentecostal Church is a growing Movement of more than 550 Christian congregations in the UK and Ireland.
Elim was founded in 1915 by George Jeffreys, a young Christian from Maesteg in South Wales. Jeffreys and a group of friends, known as the Elim Evangelistic Band, preached, started churches and witnessed a move of God that was characterised by miraculous healings and an explosion in the number of people becoming Christians.

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Our Beliefs

We share a set of beliefs known as the Elim Foundational Truths.
The Foundational Truths explain our theology and the statements guide all we say and do.