Phil has been a member of Leigh Elim since a young age, along with his brother Josh and the rest of his family. He is a member of the leadership team, responsible for the Youth Work at Leigh Elim, and also helps to support our church worship on the sound desk as well as contributing to posts on our social media pages.


Maria joined our church family in February 2015 having got to know Phil. Since then she has got involved with many areas of church life, including the Youth and Worship teams, helping with Sunday School and she is now our church Secretary and responsible for our church website and admin.


Phil and Maria got married in March 2017 and since then have continued to grow as a couple with new visions on how ministry may look for them. They are excited by the growth of our church, especially the number of young people, and look to find new exciting ways to engage and encourage our young people into becoming future Young Lions.

Phil & Maria Purkiss
Josh & Rebekah Purkiss

Josh & Rebekah have been a part of Leigh Elim since a young age are involved in many areas of church life, including being a part of the Youth and Worship teams.


Since getting married in June 2012 they have grown into a passionate partnership who continue to look for new ways to serve God, most recently in beginning their studies of Applied Theology and Church Leadership with Regents Theological College in 2017.

In March 2018 they celebrated the birth of their son Caleb, born 11 weeks premature but who continues to grow and develop into a bouncing and bright addition to our church family. As a church we thank God for this miracle baby boy who is doing so well. Despite becoming new parents they are still dedicated to their work in the church and their studies.

We continue to pray for them and support them as they continue to move forward in their calling to serve God and enter into paths of church ministry.

Meet our Young Lions

This is our team of Young Lions. They are the up-coming preachers and young leaders of Leigh Elim Church who have been trained and supported by our Pastors to develop in different areas of ministry.

Additional to their existing service to the church, our Young Lions also have a desire to step into areas of church Leadership. They regularly preach at our Youth Led Services once a month, and also help to lead the worship, start the services with a time of focus and contemplation and also help to lead communion.

Each of our Young Lions are stepping out in new ventures, which we actively support. We are so excited to see where God is leading these young people!

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