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PHIL HANNAMSenior Pastor
Phil joined the team at Life Church in March 2013 heading up our pastoral care structure. In March 2018 Phil became the Senior Leader of Life Church. He is married to Liz who works for Ilford City Council, and they have two young daugthers.

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Nick joined the team in March 2020, and is married to Lesley. They have three adult children and one grandson.
Nick has returned here to his ‘sending’ church after twelve years of pastoral ministry.
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What We Believe

The Bible – We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Trinity – We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.

The Saviour – We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.

The Holy Spirit – We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement, the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.

Mankind – We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

Salvation – We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.

The Church – We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.

The Ministry – We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.

The Ordinances – We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.

The Commission – We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.

The Coming King – We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.

The Future State – We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.

Our History

Previously known as the Elim Christian Centre, Life Church is a growing church in the heart of the city.

Following a visit to the Chelmsford Corn Exchange, by Rev Stephen Jeffreys in 1927, Elim Church was commenced from the many people who chose to become followers of Jesus. Numbers steadily grew at their first meeting place: The “Co-op Hall” in Barrack Square and then began the search for a new home.

The first building was in Mildmay Road. Here the Pentecostal vision developed along with a desire for ministries to all ages and types of people in the community. Sunday Schools, Bible studies, home groups, youth work all began to play a part in the church’s growth. Through the years, Elim has consistently stayed faithful to its message while trying to remain in touch with the people it serves.

Today, the Elim Church is known as LifeCC and is situated in a much larger building purpose built in 1979. It houses a full-time day nursery and the building is utilised for ministry throughout the week.

Life Church is still very much a part of the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance, a worldwide denomination that was founded in the County of Monaghan in Ireland as God moved powerfully in 1915 through the work of evangelist George Jeffreys. Since then the world-wide spread of the general Pentecostal church has grown from a few thousand at the beginning of the 20th century, to well over an estimated 450,000,000 Christians now. The name Elim is taken from Exodus 15:27 where we read that the Israelites “came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.” An Oasis in a barren land is a fitting symbol to the vision and heart of both the Elim movement and this church. We are committed to preaching a message of rest and refreshing, salvation and healing, for the body, soul and spirit in the wilderness of the world. Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him,” (John 7:37-38).




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LifeCC is a church from the Elim Pentecostal movement whose desire is to help people encounter Jesus.