About us

 

Leigh Elim is more than just a church. We are a family!

A family, supporting each other in prayer, encouragement and sharing God’s truths. 

Based in Leigh-on-Sea, we have a heart for our local community and we aim to partner with the Holy Spirit to create an atmosphere that makes you feel welcome and at home when you walk through our doors. 

Leadership Team

 

Here you can learn more about the church leadership team.

Rev Derrick Wilks

Derrick, with his wife Ann, are the ministers here at Leigh Elim. Derrick was a police officer for over 20 years before becoming a minister.
Derrick has a passion for evangelism, which can be seen throughout his time in ministry.
Food plays a big part in Derrick’s life, we regularly see this as a theme in our outreach events.

Rev Ann Wilks

Ann Taught music for 25 years before becoming a minister.
Ann is passionate about worship and loves to spend time in God’s presence. This is evident in church activity with our community choir being led by Ann.
Ann enjoys painting and writing. You will see her paintings dotted around the church as well as copies of her books.

John Young

John is currently our only elder, as such, he takes joint responsibility for the spiritual and prayer development within the church.
In his time at Leigh Elim, over 25 years, John has seen a lot of changes. But the biggest change is seeing peoples lives impacted in their relationship with God.
You will often find John behind a drum kit or looking after the church finances!

Maria Purkiss

Maria is our church secretary and admin. It doesn’t stop there though. Maria is part of our worship team, Sunday school team, and supports Phil in leading the youth at Leigh Elim.
Maria loves finding new ways to serve God and encourage our young people.

Irené Young

Irene heads up our music and worship teams within the church. As part of this, she led a music workshop for budding musicians, and gets involved with organising worship for external events.
Irene loves crafts and making cards, as you will probably soon realise when attending Leigh Elim.

Philip Purkiss

Phil takes charge of our growing group of youngsters here at Leigh Elim. He organises our youth events and clubs.
Phil gets involved with many aspects of church life whilst developing his ministry.

Maureen Bottley

With her background in catering, Maureen heads up all things catering at Leigh Elim. We are very thankful for Maureen and her team of volunteers, consistently providing us with fantastic catering!
You will often hear and see Maureen passionately encouraging our congregation as she continues to grow in the gifts God gives her.

As an Elim church, we share a set of foundational beliefs with all other Elim churches. These can be found by clicking here!

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