About Us


Lead Pastor: Stephen Derbyshire

In September 1975, the Good News about Jesus Christ transformed Stephen’s life from one of drug addiction to follower of Christ. As Lead Pastor, Stephen’s ambition is to see the local church grow and become influential, impacting the community with the good news of Jesus and bringing hope and transformation to people’s lives. Married with three adult children, Stephen enjoys running marathons and spending time with his grandchildren.

Julia Derbyshire

Growing up in Guernsey, Julia made the decision to follow Jesus as a teenager and has had a heart for the local church ever since. With a desire to see women realise their potential, Julia has established an inspirational women’s ministry that oversees different expressions within City Gates. A few of her favorite things are pilates, power-walking and living in London.

Associate Pastor: Gareth Sherwood

Gareth has been in full time ministry since 2007 after practicing for 8 years as a medical doctor, he is passionate about building the local church by making sincere, equipped and dedicated disciples of Jesus. He loves to see people, families and whole communities impacted and transformed by the gospel. He is a dedicated family man, married to Sonja and they have two children. He has worked as an apologist, youth pastor, assistant pastor and senior pastor during his time in church ministry and is primarily working to support the lead pastor in developing the discipleship and ministries of the church.

Assistant Pastor: Jemma Chesman

At the age of 4, Jem met Jesus and has followed him ever since.  After graduating from King’s College London with a degree in theology, Jem spent 10 years in the secular workplace before being ordained in 2012.  As an Assistant Pastor, Jem primarily oversees the logistics of the weekend services, the City Gates Academy in the Philippines and is very involved in pastoral care.  Jem is also a core member of the Aspire leadership team, Elim’s national women’s ministry. Jem loves being married to Pete and a mum to her little boy’s Reuben and Noah.

Youth Pastor: Pastor Daniel Shillingford

For Pastor Daniel, it is both a pleasure and a privilege to work with City Gates Youth as he grew up in the same ministry, and after hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, made a commitment to follow Jesus at fifteen years old. As well as organising outreach events and finding innovative ways, making the Bible clear and relevant to young people, Pastor Daniel also enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah.

Children’s Director: Sonja Sherwood

Sonja has a passion to see children come to know Jesus as their Lord and saviour and to walk with him as their best friend. Sonja is the overseer and developer of the children’s ministry at City Gates Church. Prior to taking on this position she worked as a primary school teacher for 16 years, teaching across all age ranges in a wide variety of schools. She is involved with The Link team and helps new members become involved with the life and community of the church. She is married to Gareth and they have 2 children.

Creative Director: Joseph Perry

Joseph oversees the worship team and the creative ministries. Joseph has grown up at City Gates and first joined the worship team at the age of 15. He is a keen keyboard player and has had the opportunity to travel the world and lead people in worship. As well as a desire to see people connect with Jesus through worship, Joseph is a fan of running, travelling and Man United.


We love Sundays. We hold three services at different times where you can expect singing, inspiring and challenging messages…


We are a part of the Elim Pentecostal denomination and for more information on the denomination and what we believe