About King's


We meet at Deepdale Community Centre every Sunday (11am and 6:30pm) unless otherwise indicated on our timetable. For directions click here.

We use both rooms in the community centre and most people stay around after the service for a chat along with the obligatory cup of tea and biscuit (assuming the children leave some).

Children's Centre

We also use the adjacent Children's Centre for Explorers, our Sunday school.

We are fairly informal (no need to dress up) and cater for all age ranges (we have a creche in addition to a Sunday school).

The Clifford home group from which the church started

The King's Church was launched in November 1989. A group of Christians had been meeting for some years, on a Tuesday night, in a home in Clifford. This small community was linked to Bridge Street - a thriving Pentecostal church situated in Leeds city centre. Some of the number had a strong desire to see a similar kind of church established in this area. With the help of a team from Bridge Street the church began, meeting at first in the Village Hall, but moving after a year to the "Deepdale Community Centre". We have been gathering there ever since. Throughout the years the church has steadily grown. Our congregation is composed of people of all ages, and we seek to worship God reverently, yet with informality.

A newspaper clipping about the first service at Deepdale

"King's" is affiliated to the Elim Pentecostal movement. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, and as such we are committed to teaching it faithfully, and to living it out in our every day lives.

Our mission statement says: To know Christ and make Him known. This is our "heartbeat."

We hope we may be able to welcome you at one of our services in the not too distant future.

We are probably similar to many churches in our organisation. We have a team of elders who along with the Pastor oversee the governance of the church. Alongside the Pastor and elders we have another staff member who oversees the youth work within the church. We rely upon volunteers from within the church to help run the many ministries we operate.
Church staff and officers
Stephen Thompson


Stephen is the founding pastor of the church. Stephen studied at Elim Bible College; from 1975-1978. He then served in pastorates at Southport, Lancaster and Leeds, before leading the start-up team for "King's" in November 1989. He has lived in the village for more than twenty years and 'loves' the place of his calling. Stephen is married to Jilly, who helps him significantly in many areas of church life. He has one daughter, Christel, who also serves in the church.

Jill Thompson

Pastoral support

Jill previously held Directorships in Marshalls, Polypipe and Toto before launching a water saving company from which she recently 'retired'. She now devotes herself to supporting the church as well as offering her services (free of charge) as a 'business/life' consultant.

Phil Baraniak

Youth worker

Phil, along with his wife Lisa and their two daughters Anna and Polly, joined the church in October 2014. Phil loves working with young people and desires to see them make the most of their lives which can only truly happen with Jesus. Phil is a keen musician and enjoys hanging out with family and friends.

Andrew Pearlman


Andrew has been the church treasurer since April 2015. Andrew is a GP of many years whose hobbies include photography and computing.

Simon Young


Simon is a chartered accountant who runs his own practice based in Leeds. Simon is married to Helen and they have three children. Occasionally Simon can be seen cycling around the locality either going down bridle paths on his mountain bike or riding up hills on his road bike.

Steve Maw


Steve is a biology tutor at the University of Leeds. He is married to Nikki and they have two children. His natural environment is pottering around in his garden, though he occasionally gets distracted by DIY projects.

Other leaders
David & Sarah James

Youth Club leaders

David & Sarah have been married since 1997 after meeting at a church in Knaresborough; they now live in Wetherby with their two daughters. David's career has been exclusively with Asda where he works in IT; Sarah is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. They have been involved in Youth Work for many years and also lead a Small Group. Through these they enjoy being actively involved in the church and making a difference in the local community.

Small Group leaders
Harry & Anne Pearson

Small Group leaders

Harry and Anne are retired and moved to Yorkshire from Scotland to be closer to family. Harry worked for Strathclyde Police as Force Research Officer and Anne was the Senior Assessor for a charity. They now spend their time in various outdoor pursuits including gardening, cycling, and archery, (grandparent duties permitting!). Harry is also a trustee of the Christian Police Association. They have lots of experience in leading small groups from previous churches and involvement with Alpha.

Richard & Sally Shipley

Small Group leaders

Simon & Helen Young

Small Group leaders

Helen and Simon have been part of The King's Church since 1998. Helen is a Physiotherapist who works within the NHS and Simon is a Chartered Accountant with his own practice.

David and Sarah James

Small Group leaders

See details under youth club leaders.

King's is committed to serving the local community with the love of Jesus. One way we can all participate in this work is through the use of our financial resources, through giving.

How do I give?

  • Sunday Services. Simply place cash or cheques in the offering bag at the appropriate part during the service or see our treasurer after the service.
  • Standing Orders. Regular giving can be done via a Standing Order. This is simple to set-up and helps us enourmously. Our account details are:
    • Account number: 71401262
    • Sort code: 40-46-21
  • By Post. You can always send us a gift by post. Contact us for a postal address.

Can I gift aid?

If you are a UK tax payer then you can gift aid any donation you make. This increases the amount we receive by 25p in every pound given. To gift aid any donation simply inform our treasurer, in confidence, that this is what you would like to do. You can contact the treasurer in church on a Sunday or by using the contact us form.

Leaving a legacy

It is possible to leave a gift to The King's Church in your will. We would advise that you talk to a solicitor about this and contact us for more information. By considering support through our legacy scheme, you are helping to establish a secure future for the work of the church.

Note: It is not possible to give to King's using a credit card.

We believe that church is not about a building but about people in relationship with God and each other. We further believe that the Church should serve the community, living and speaking the Gospel. Christ says "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" John13:34. Our faith foundations are built upon the following:

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 shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and in His forthcoming 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 in 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 of 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 imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by growth in Christ’s likeness.
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 by immersion in water in obedience to the command of Christ and in 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, to make disciples 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.
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