Our story

quite a journey in a short time

Hatherleigh Community Centre

Where it all started

After our launch night at The Lysaght Institute, we moved to Hatherleigh Community Centre in February 2015 and made this our first home.

The centre is right in the heart of the community and we developed some great relationships there. This home was a place of firsts. We celebrated Easter, Mother’s Day, and ran Messy Church to name a few!

In 2015 we launched Liberty Groups, a place where people can meet in homes across our city, be discipled and do life together. Since moving on from the Hatherleigh Community Centre, we have continued our relationship and presence there with our Liberty Lambs (Parent & Toddler) provision.

Alway community centre

We quickly outgrew

In May 2015 we moved into Alway Community Centre. We had outgrown the Hatherleigh and it was time expand into a larger home. Again, we created some great memories here and celebrated our 1st birthday as a Church. We launched Girls & Boys Brigade, our mid-week children’s provision, in the heart of the Alway community.

Llanwern High School

The Journey Continues...

In July 2016 we moved to our current venue, Llanwern High School. A place to grow in number, depth and influence. It was an exciting time in the September as we saw our Liberty Groups double in number. We know we are in this community for such a time as this.

Eldership & Staff Team

Heath & Leah Van Staden

Heath and Leah have three beautiful children Noah, Phoebe and Willow and have been married for a number of years. They love the place where God has planted them and long to see healthy marriages and families. Leah’s heart is to pursue true freedom in Christ and see this in other’s lives. Heath loves to raise leaders and release them in all they are called to be.

Graham & Daryl Sheppard

Graham and Daryl are faithful people, who’s hearts long to see people know who their God truly is. They have lived in Newport for many years with their two grown up boys. They have been business owners in Newport for a number of years and have a legacy of taking the gospel across the world. Graham has a heart for the nations and particularly Nepal where he has seen leaders strengthened and encouraged over the years.

Phil & Julie Boalch

Phil and Julie live in Cwmbran and have two children. Phil is a great teacher of the Word and has led Church in various parts of Wales. Julie has a heart for recovery and helping those who are marginalised, having seen God work powerfully in her own life. They love adventuring together.

Gaz & Lois Hillier

Gaz & Lois originally met in Australia where their story began. Gaz is from Newport and Lois moved from London when they got married! They have two children, Macey and Hudson. Gaz speaks nationally with a charity that focuses on faith in the family and strengthening family life. Lois loves all things creative and design and loves to see this outwork in the local Church.

Kobby & Dina Poku

Kobby (Ghanaian) and Dina (Danish) lived in Denmark, but now in Newport, South Wales, with their three beautiful kids, Emanuella, Jeremiah, and Elliot. Kobby's passion and desire is to root believers in Christ in who they are in Christ, and see them manifest their completeness in Christ in every area of life. Dina enjoys being creative, and being adventurous.