It matters how a church is led

Our church is “independent” meaning that it’s run by the members and not by any outside organisation or denomination.  This means that it’s the church members as a collective body who are finally responsible for what the church does, who it appoints to lead and what it teaches. They do this in accordance with our statement of faith and our church covenant.

This is important to us because although there are varying levels of maturity between Christians still the Bible is clear that everyone who trusts in the Lord Jesus is a “minister” of the church; that is someone who can encourage others, share the gospel and contribute to the running of the church, and we want to reflect that fact in the way we run the church.

Churches have been run like this for centuries and variously called “baptist”, “free”, “independent” or “congregationalist”.

Church Staff

Steve Palframan
Steve PalframanSenior Pastor
Steve is married to Vanessa and they have four daughters, Grace, Anna, Elisse and Lucy. Steve is a Geography graduate from Sheffield University who has worked for a local authority doing IT development projects and with University students as a UCCF Staff Worker. For 3 years Steve was Associate Pastor at Cheam Baptist Church in Surrey while studying part-time at Oak Hill Theological College. In June 2006 he joined the staff team at Christ Church Liverpool then in September 2008 led a team from Christ Church to start a church in Aigburth.
In an emergency Steve can be contacted at home on 0151 7274812
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Tommy Farrell
Tommy FarrellAssistant Pastor
Tommy was born and raised in Liverpool but left to go to University. After 20 years, and with stops in Southampton, Cambridge, West Africa and Ethiopia along the way, Tommy returned home to Liverpool in 2016 with his wife (Sarah) and three children (Tom, Josh and Lily). He loves teaching teenagers and provoking ordinary Christians to consider living their ordinary Christian lives in places where few people have ever heard the good news of Jesus Christ.
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Sam Brewer
Sam BrewerChurch Administrator
Sam moved to Liverpool in 1990 to study Art at Liverpool John Moores, this was when she met her husband, Berty and after a few years away in further education, they were both very happy to settle back in Liverpool in 1996. They have two kids, Jacob and Lola. If you want to, you can often find her running round Sefton Park, or she is in the church office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
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Marco Hipwell
Marco HipwellYouth Worker
Marco and his wife Joy have been in Liverpool since they got married after graduating from university. They have 3 daughters; Mariella, Renée and Florence. Marco works 3 days/week for our church where he is responsible for all the over 11’s youth work.
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Oggie Yoshua
Oggie YoshuaMinistry Intern
Having spent 20 years as the pastor of a church in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia, Oggie and his wife, Navchaa arrived in the UK in January 2020 to spend two years working in Aigburth.
Rachel Horner
Rachel HornerCrosslands Placement Student

Church Elders

Steve Palframan
Steve PalframanSenior Pastor
Tommy Farrell
Tommy FarrellAssistant Pastor
Richard Moss
Richard MossElder
Edward Peck
Edward PeckElder
Jeremy Clark
Jeremy ClarkElder (currently on sabbatical)
John Critchley
John CritchleyElder
Maurice Kinnaird
Maurice KinnairdElder

Church Deacons

Gill Wilkinson
Gill WilkinsonDeacon for Practical Care
Paul HewittDeacon for Finance

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