Our team

  • David Ayling - Senior Pastor

    David has led City Church for over 15 years. He is married to Julia and they have two boys, Ben and Tom. He is passionate about building a dynamic and healthy church that impacts its community and changes the atmosphere of the city. He is involved in overseeing  churches in Germany and Macedonia and works with Elim International Missions.


    Email: dave@derbycitychurch.co.uk


  • Matthew Atkins - Associate Pastor

    Matthew has been with City Church for five years. After completing his ministry training with the Elim church he was ordained in 2017. Matthew oversees the young adults, youth and children's ministries of the church and is an avid book reader!


    Email: matt@derbycitychurch.co.uk


  • Jay Fallon - Associate Pastor

    Jay Fallon is a recent addition to the team at City Church.   He joins our team with emphasis on the missional outreach of the church. He divides his time between our church and Teen Challenge, a drug rehabilitation programme helping change the lives of addicts. Jay ministers widely throughout the UK and overseas. He is married to Fiona and they have one son.

  • Julia Ayling - Administrator

    Julia is married to Dave and is in charge of the administration of the church and its ministries as well as its finances. She also manages the running of the Hope Centre and deals with all room bookings.


    Email: office@derbycitychurch.co.uk

  • Denise Hawley - Community Worker

    Denise is our community worker. She heads up much of the community focused ministry that happens within the Hope Centre and works with a great team of volunteers that seek to serve the people of our city. She also takes care of hospitality and catering within the church. She is married to Michael. 

  • Dan Hudson - Youth Worker

    Dan is the most recent addition to our staff team and he has joined the team to lead our growing youth ministry. Dan originally came to Derby as a student and has settled down here with his wife Madeline who helps him lead the youth work.


    Email: dan@derbycitychurch.co.uk

  • Sarah Cogdon - Media Manager

    Sarah works one day a week for the church and is responsible for looking after all the media for the church from websites to videos and literature. 


    Email: media@derbycitychurch.co.uk