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
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.
Sam Adjepong - Elder
We have four new Elders - Ade Allinson, Charlotte Adjepong, Denise Gore and Steve Higgins.
Their photos and bios will be coming very soon.
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.
Bernard Langford, Himat Khetia, Isaac Alawode, Natalie Headley, Nina Brazier.
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.