Meet the Team

When Jesus ascended to be with the Father, He didn’t just leave what He started with one person; He left it with a team of twelve that went on to change the world. 2,000 years later The Peoples Church is still using that model, and we have assembled a team that can help us shake not just the surrounding community but also the entire world.


"An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it."
Titus 1:6-9

In the New Testament, the terms Pastor, Elder and Bishop (or overseer) all refer to the same office. Elders have responsibility for the care, teaching and spiritual development of the Church. At The Peoples Church we have a group of Elders who are passionate about ensuring The Peoples Church is a Church that looks after and supports its members.

Ian Edmundson (Elder)

Ian is one of the Elders at the Peoples Church. Ian is married to Noretta and they have two children, Phill and Mike.

Ken Falcounbridge (Elder)

Ken is one of the elders of The Peoples Church. He is married to Valerie and they have one daughter, Sarah.

Dave Townsend (Elder)

Dave is one of the Elders at The Peoples Church. Dave is married to Marjorie and they have two children, Steve and Mike, both of whom also attend The Peoples Church.

Management Trustees

Because The Peoples Church also runs as a charity, there is an additional role of Management Trustee; the prime responsibility of Management Trustees is the way in which the church building is used and maintained.

Ian Edmundson (Management Trustee)

As well as being one of the Elders, Ian is also a Management Trustee in the Church.

Geoff Lowe (Management Trustee)

Geoff is one of the Management Trustees at The Peoples Church. Geoff is married to Mari and they have two children.

Kelsey Smale (Management Trustee)

Kelsey is one of the Management Trustees at The Peoples Church. She is married to John and they have four children, Mark, David, Hannah and Ruth.


Dawn Burton (Finance)

Dawn is in charge of finance at The Peoples Church, and her role involves operating the Gift Aid scheme and payroll, recording church income and expenditure, keeping Management Trustees and Elders informed of church finances on a regular basis, as well as various other clerical tasks.

Children and Youth Ministry

Dave Lambert (Youth Worker)

Dave was once a part of the Youth group at the Peoples Church and now serves as the Youth Worker at The Peoples Church, where he oversees the Youth Ministry that takes place during the week. He has a passion to see young people meet with Jesus and exceed their own expectations, and is also helps support the Children’s Ministry at The Peoples Church.

Dave is married to Cecil and they have one daughter, Zoe.

Matthew Thompson (Church Support Worker)

Matthew serves as the Church Support Worker and currently oversees the Children’s Ministry at the Peoples Church. As well as this, he also helps with the Youth ministry, Sunday teaching and technical aspects of Church.

Matthew is in his final year of his PhD at the University of York, studying mathematics.


At The Peoples Church, worship is a fundamental part of what we do. We are blessed to have such an amazing worship team, and their love and adoration for Jesus is on display every Sunday morning.

Dave and Jean Richards (Worship Coordinators)

Dave and Jean have the wonderful role of coordinating the Worship team at The Peoples Church. They have three children, Nicola, Michelle and Paul.