About

Our Story

About Us

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, 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 our first Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Ben. 

After Ben’s departure in September 2020 – in March 2021, we appointed two new Next Gen Ministers, Samuel who as Youth Pastor focusses on the church young people, and Alisha, as Young Adults and School’s Pastor, who focusses both on the Young Adult ministry, while also engaging with HLC Secondary School.

In 2019, we began the building of a new 75sqm Annexe and Community Hub – it is called ‘The Hub,’ and was opened in 2020. It is 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.

As part of the church’s response to Covid-19, and its impact on what we could do – in 2020, we began to move all our services online. This included eventually moving to Livestreaming our Sunday morning service from the building. We made a significant investment in new tech to do so. Since then, we have created a hybrid church with a mixture of online and in person content and services. This has brought in lots of new people into the building, and also, new people to join us only online.

Our Vision

Following Jesus Inspires us to Dream Big and Attempt the Impossible.

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Pastor Leslie speaking

Leslie
Burke

Pastor

I was born in Northern Ireland - raised on a family farm – became a Christian at 18 - married to Joan at 19 – and we had our family of four children by 28. The farm where I worked was very busy and yet a wonderful place to raise our children. In 2002, we moved as a family to England so I could study at Regents Theological College (RTC) – following the call of God to ministry which was on our lives. In December 2004, I was appointed as minister in Telford Elim and have been serving here ever since. I am committed to the transformation of all things in Christ in Telford and Shropshire.

Pastor Alisha speaking

Alisha
Foentjies

Next Gen Minister

My Name is Alisha Foentjies, and in March 2021 I became one of the Next Generation minsters here at Telford Elim, becoming the Young Adult and School’s Pastor. I trained at Regents Theological College (RTC), where I met my husband, Samuel - we got married in June 2019. We are ministers together in church which is really great, as well as being a married couple. What do I like to do? I really like to explore new places, ‘especially places in the sunshine;’ I really enjoy reading, and watching a good series on TV. What do I love? I unashamedly love Jesus, my husband, my family, food, and music, and my job serving the Lord and His purposes in Telford Elim working with young adults.

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Samuel
Foentjies

Next Gen Minister

Born in Cape Town and raised in Rep. of Ireland, I joined the team in March 2021 as Next Gen Pastor and Minister in Training. Aged 22, I felt called to study Applied Theology in Youth Ministry degree at Regents Theological College (RTC) in Malvern. While there I met my wife, Alisha – she is also an Elim Minister in Training. I have a passion to see God move in the lives of young people and young adults, and that is a key motivation to me as the church Youth Pastor. I also hold another degree in Health Science and Physiology which has been a really useful qualification for me. I love food, especially anything chocolate - enjoy watching TV, reading books and visiting new places.

Elder

Denise Gore

I have been associated with the church for over 30 years and came into leadership about three years ago, serving as a Deacon until becoming an Elder in February 2021. I am married to Ian and have two adult daughters, Rebecca and Rachel. I have worked for the Local Authority for over 30 years in various roles across Adult Social Care.

I feel very humbled to be in church leadership, knowing I still have a lot to learn; of the many things I have learned thus far on my journey, one of the most significant is that I cannot do things in my own strength. I can freely say I love Jesus – for a very long time, I couldn’t. I want to serve Him and His church in whatever way I can, as is His will. 

Elder

Charlotte Adjepong

I have been a Christian for 19 years, I am married to Joel, and have 4 children.
I am the Safeguarding Officer for the church. I am also part of a prayer team and lead prayers, believing prayer is important and a vital part in the Christian faith. I am also part of the youth ministry team coming alongside our young people and encouraging them in their faith.

Elder

Steve Higgins

I’m Steve, I have been a Christian for many years. Became a member of this church in 1999. Currently I work for Shropshire Fire & Rescue as a Vehicle Technician.

Elder

Adeola Allinson

I was born into a Christian family and gave my life to Jesus at the age of 14. I have been in Telford Elim for over 10 years. I am married to Ayo, who is a doctor and blessed with twin daughters. I work in a GP practice as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). I love worship and praises.

Church Leadership
Team

The Church Leadership team includes the Church Pastors and Elders, and the Church Deacons. The CLT is responsible for the church, all its departments, and its governance.


Our Church Deacons are Bernard Langford, Himat Khetia, Isaac Alawode, Natalie Headley, Nina Brazier.

Our Beliefs

What We Believe

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.

We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.

We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement, the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.

We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.

We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.

We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.

We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.

We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.

We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.

We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.

Elim Pentecostal

The Elim Pentecostal Church is a growing Movement of 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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