Our Staff

  • David Ayling - Lead Pastor

    David has led City Church for over 14 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 - Assistant Pastor

    Matthew has been with City Church for three years. He came as an intern after his training at Regents Theological college and then became a minister in training with the Elim church. He has become a valued member of the team taking responsibility for our youth and childrens' ministry.


    Email: matt@derbycitychurch.co.uk


  • Rob Greenbank - Pastoral Worker

    Rob is married to Sally and has been a part of the church for many years, serving as a deacon and an elder. He joined the staff team 11 years ago and his role is primarily providing pastoral care and support to the church. He also runs Happy Days, our over 50's ministry


  • Paul Brookhouse - Community Director

    Paul has been on the team for the last four years and has been at the forefront of developing the work of the Hope Centre within the city. He worked with a Youth charity in the city for over 10 years before taking on this role. He is married to Stacy;


    Email: paul@hopecentrederby.co.uk

  • 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. 

  • Rachel Tomlinson - Community worker

    Rachel is the newest member of our team and works alongside Paul in helping us reach out to our city. She takes specific responsibility for the Job Club programme within the Hope Centre and assists Paul in ensuring that we are able to deliver our services effectively to the community.


    Email: rachel@hopecentrederby.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