About Us

The church stems from small beginnings in the late 1950’s.  You can read more about this by clicking on “The church in the village” link on the left.   Grimethorpe is a former coal-mining community.  However, recent changes and new housing estates have created a now thriving village. There are 2 Junior and Infant schools, Ladywood and Milefield and the church has regular contact with both of them.

It is the heart of this church to reach out to the community, offering support,  help and advice as required and a friendly ear for newcomers to the area.  We run several groups including toddler club and kids’ holiday club, which you can find out more about by clicking the “Ministries” link on the left.

Over many years there has been an active partnership with the community. The Church has a town-wide perspective and holds regular prayer for all the areas in the Borough of Barnsley, a town of almost 250,000 people.


10.30 am Communiion Service – A great celebration, with live worship and Children’s Church for 3’s and over.


6.00 pm A great night with something just for you! True stories of Faith in God. Live Worship with refreshments served afterwards.

Growth Groups

Growth Groups meet at various times and locations each week in School Term Time. Please see the Growth Group page for more details

Prayer Group

Mondays during term time at 10.00 am.  An important prayer service for the Church Family. See God’s power at work. Why not pop in with your prayer requests?

Toddler Group

Toddler Group meets each Tuesday, in school term time between 9.30 m and 11.15 am, timed to fit in with nursery and school drop off and pick up.  For Mums and Dads, Granddads and Grandmas – not forgetting Toddlers! Quality toys for lots of fun, and refreshments.

Meet the Leaders

Pastor Joy

AOG Pastor

Pastor Joy has been an AOG minister and pastor of this church for over thirty years.  She also has travelling ministry, visiting many churches both in this country and overseas, and is also involved in lecturing and teaching.

Roy Koroibanuve

Assistant Pastor

Roy Koroibanuve has recently appointed as Assistant Pastor.  His wife Elenoa heads up the Junior Band.  Originally from Fiji, they now live in the village with their two children.

Tom Hopson

Church Treasurer & Trustee

Tom Hopson lives in the village.  He is the church treasurer and a trustee.

Ellen Gallagher

Trustee & Leader of Toddler Club

Ellen Gallagher is a trustee and heads up the Toddler Club. She can also be found behind the sound desk.

Gerald & Elsie Bean


Gerald and Elsie Bean live in York. They both often preach at our services

Watisoni & Tima Tukutukuwaqa

Watisoni and Tima Tukutukuwaqa come from a military background.  They now live and work locally together with their three children

Andy & Alex Obarisiagbon

Andy Obarisiagbon is originally from Nigeria and his wife Alex comes from Poland.  They live in the village with their young son and new baby.