Darren Roy - Senior Minister
Our main Sunday service is 10:30am
Mill Street, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7EB

DarrenRoyPromoGBMy name is Darren and I have the pleasure of serving as the Minister here at Emmanuel Christian Centre. Secularly I graduated in Mechanical & Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire but now, taking a completely different direction, I serve as a minister accredited through Churches in Communities International, part of the Free Churches Group. I am married and have 4 children - Chelsie, Caitlin, Samuel and Sophia. My best friend and wife, Carol, is a qualified Nursery Nurse working from home.

I was originally brought up in Ulverston but spent my teenage years in Redditch, Worcestershire.  In Ulverston, as a young lad and at my mother's request, I attended the Methodist Church where I was a member of the Christian youth organisation called the Boys Brigade. It was there that I gained my first insight into the God of the Bible, although church then was more of a place to attend rather than a consistent part of my life. In 1987, through a school friend called Tim Baalham (now of Spring Mount Fellowship), I was introduced to the concept of a personal relationship with Christ. Around that time I visited Emmanuel Christian Centre just once and even then I knew that God was calling me to lead here in some way.

Later I moved to Redditch in the English Midlands and this is where I spent most of what I call ‘my prodigal years’. During this time I made many mistakes and resisted God’s call on my life. I always knew deep-down that I was called to the church but I’d fallen for the lie that God just wanted to restrict my life and make me miserable. I thought God was against all the fun things in life; how wrong I was! God’s desire was for me to enter the fullness of life which is a life consumed by knowing Him. Thankfully, He allowed me to reach a place of brokenness which caused me to cry out to Him. I had been the master of my own life for too long and I had made enough mistakes to prove it. Those rebellious years finally came to a God-ordained end when I asked Him if I could be one of His servants and He welcomed me home like a son!

Being a recipient of God’s grace and having another chance, I really do know that God transforms the lives of real people from all types of backgrounds. I had made many mistakes, my life wasn't good and my background is ignoble, yet I know first-hand that an extraordinary God loves ordinary people, just like you and me.

In response to God’s clear direction I returned to Ulverston in 2002 to join the Emmanuel Christian Centre. By His grace in 2005 I became a cell-group leader and in 2006 I joined the leadership team as an elder and managing trustee. I was also employed for a couple of years as the assistant pastor and more recently became the senior minister in 2013.

Alongside my work here at the Centre, I serve on the council for Churches in Communities International and I am Chaplain for Cumbria Fire and Rescue. I am also involved with Servants of the Lord Ministries (SOLM). SOLM is a non-denominational training ministry serving the body of Christ and their aim is to reach those who want to know God. Their foundational book, My Sheep Hear My Voice by JC Hedgecock, has been a source of inspiration to me and many other believers around the world. I believe the message presented is invaluable to all Christian’s who have a heart after God, from the seasoned saint to the returning prodigal. My involvement with SOLM gives me opportunities throughout the year to visit other believers around the world who are crying out to Know God and hear His voice.

On these missons I meet believers from various ministries, church movements and christian sects, so to be marked within a Christian brand just isn’t enough for me. I aspire to grow in the knowledge of Truth and to present it regardless of which denominational marker that crosses. In simplest terms I’d describe myself as a follower of Christ, it’s His teaching I want to follow and it's Him I want to know. As far as I am concerned, like the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippian church, everything is absolute rubbish compared to knowing God.