John and Clare Irwin lead the church together with their three children, Eddie, Katie & Thomas. With a strong passion for Bible teaching, John's ultimate desire is to see people come to and grow in faith. His favourite Scripture verse is " Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12.


As Pastor, John is heavily involved in weekly worship, visiting people and with the wider community in schools & charities.


He's also an avid fan of West Ham United football club, but we don't hold that against him. 


John is well known in the community for his sense of humour so this page wouldn't be complete without one of his favourite jokes:



A man came home from work and his wife met him at the door. She said 'you're not coming in 'til you tell me what's different about me'; 

He tiredly replied, 'you've got a new dress?' 

'New dress, this was my going away dress on our wedding day 27 years ago' she retorted; 

'New shoes?' he ventured, 

'Not since my dear mother's funeral have you given me money for new shoes!' she bellowed, 

'Oh look love' he said,' it's been a long day and I'm really tired, you'll have to tell me' 

'I'm wearing a gas mask!' she said. 


 For more jokes or a more serious chat John can be contacted at the church office on 01995 641175.