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 - Assistant Pastor

    Matthew has been with City Church for four 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

  • Jay Fallon - Pastor

    Jay Fallon is a remarkable and anointed evangelist. A former drug addict, he was wonderfully converted and delivered from speed & cocaine addiction through the ministry of Teen Challenge. He began ministry with them and became their UK Director.  He joins our team with special emphasis on evangelistic outreach. He will continue to work with Teen Challenge and ministers widely throughout the UK and overseas. Jay is married to Fiona and they have a son Ethan.

  • 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. 

  • 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