Lisa Smith - Centre Manager
Our main Sunday service is 10:30am
Mill Street, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7EB

portraitdavidandlisaMy name is Lisa, I'm the Centre Manager here at Emmanuel Christian Centre and also an accredited youth worker.  I have worked at Emmanuel for over 18 years now so I must be well on the way to receiving my “long service award!”.

I am fairly local being born and brought up in Dalton in Furness. Even though I don't come from a church background I have always had a sense of God and have known Him to be real. Receiving a Gideon Bible along with hearing some visiting American Bible students talk about God really impacted my life at school. Sadly, after leaving school I did not stay close to God at all and lived a very 'worldly' lifestyle. My brother became a Christian in his late teens and I noticed a difference in him and eventually, by the grace of God, at the age of 21, I too gave my life to Christ. It's been the best decision I have ever made in my life!

Formerly, I worked at the VSEL shipyard in Barrow, where I met David, the man who became my husband. I thank God for him and we are blessed to have two beautiful girls, Abbey and Eden.

Back in 2013 God called me to work with young people and I am passionate about seeing young people get to know Jesus and fulfil their God-given potential. I have the privilege of overseeing the Youth Discipleship here at Emmanuel, along with my daughter Abbey. I also go into a number of schools to deliver Christian assemblies and assist with running a lunch club at the local high school. Working with other churches in the town we have established Ulverston Youth Ministries which aims to unite the youth in the different churches of Ulverston. Together we host monthly events aimed at inviting young people to experience God. 

I am on the local Leadership Team for Samaritan’s Purse's Operation Christmas Child and I have been involved with them for over 10 years. This ministry is also very close to my heart as we seek to  demonstrate the love of God by sending shoeboxes to impoverished children. This involves delivering assemblies to local schools, promoting and collecting shoeboxes and organising the sorting warehouse.

As part of Emmanuel Christian Centre's leadership structure, my husband and I also run a weekly house-group in our home. This is where we aim to get to know each other better in an informal setting and seek to develop our relationship with God and to grow as a church family. We have learned that outside of Christ there really is nothing this world has to offer which is of value, and that in Him we have a place of complete safety.