Rev. David and Jenny Gilpin
Dave was born in 1960 in Clatter Bridge Hospital Bebington. At the age of five, the family moved toBrisbane, then toMelbourne, ending up inCanberra,Australia. Dave left home to complete a Civil Engineering degree at SydneyUniversity.
It was in his third year at university that he became a Christian, through a large evangelistic push called, ‘Know Christ, Know Life; No Christ, No Life’. He realised that the emptiness within him was in the shape of God and could only be filled by Him alone.
After two years working for a concrete company as a Plant Manager, Dave attended Renewal Ministry Training College in Brisbane in order to strengthen his walk with God and explore God’s plan for his life. After college, Dave became the Youth Pastor at Southside Christian Renewal Centre and was sent out to fulfil his vision for theUK.
Dave has written a number of books with titles such as ‘SQ: Boost Your Spiritual IQ’, ‘The Top 10 of Everything about Christian Leadership’, ‘Jesus Save me from Your Followers’ and his latest book ‘Sacred Cows Make Great BBQs’. He also oversees the Megacentres in Sheffield, Liverpool and Leeds which are conferencing and community centres used to serve the cities practically, as well as the operations centre for the church inSheffield. Dave and Jenny have one son called Ryan who was born in the same year thatHopeCityChurchbegan. He has recently discovered the joy of painting, but too embarrassed to put his own name on the canvas, Dave paints under the name of Dagarté – can you believe it?!
The bit about Jenny
Jenny was born in 1966 inBrisbane,Australia. Adopted at birth she was brought up in a Christian home and gave her heart to Jesus at the age of six.
At age eleven, Jenny was baptised both in water and in the Holy Spirit and throughout her teenage years had a profound sense of the call of God on her life.
At age eighteen, not long after her father passed away, Jenny attendedBibleCollegeand completed a Diploma of Ministry. On the last night of college, while doing some street evangelism, Jenny met Dave – ahhh! Together they became Youth Pastors for about six years until God called them to Sheffield in theUK.
Jenny has just released her second book ‘Heaven Sent’ the perfect accommpanyment to her first book ‘Classic Lines’. They are both packed full of wisdom straight from her devotion journals. Together with Dave, she leadsHopeCityChurchand preaches both nationally and internationally. Jenny has pioneered a ministry called ‘City Hearts’ for women in theUKandEuropeand has a heart to see broken women restored. In June 2005 she openedHopeCityChurch’s first home for young women inSheffield.
Jenny loves interior design, fitness and shopping, but mostly her teenage son Ryan.