Meet The Team

Chris Mellor

Leadership Team, Senior Leader

Chris and Fi met while studying at London Bible College. They were married in 1986. They have three grown-up children: Joshua, Bethany and Samuel. Chris has been the senior leader of two previous churches in the North West of England. Fi has been a teacher for many years. They have also lived and worked as missionaries in Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia. They are both very excited about serving God alongside the Elmwood Church in Salford. They are absolutely convinced they are where God has called them to be as they begin this next chapter of service for Him.

Matt Pierce

Leadership Team, Youth & Children Pastor

My name is Matthew Pierce but you can call me Matt. I am the youth and children’s Pastor at Elmwood Church. I was born and bred in Durban, South Africa, but now live in sunny Salford. I love Jesus, my family and Arsenal football club and most people. I enjoy a bit of fishing when I get the chance and I love a good South African Braai ‘known as a barbeque here, but to me that is a sauce I put on my meat on the braai’.

2 Corinthians 5:7, ‘We walk by faith and not by sight’

Jill Baker

Leadership Team (Acting Chair of Leadership Team, Services & Worship)

Jill has been attending Elmwood, together with her husband, since 1993. She works as an educational consultant and enjoys reading, gardening, swimming and playing with her grandchildren.

Elizabeth Gough

Leadership Team (Discipleship, Prayer, Pastoral Care)

Elizabeth Gough first came to Elmwood Church (then Eccles Evangelical Church) together with her husband and two, soon to be three, children in 1978. She has been involved in various ministries, in particular running the Playgroup for many years.

Now retired, widowed and with five grandchildren, she lives in Monton where she enjoys her garden, baking and spending time with her family.

Rebecca Kelly

Leadership Team (Communications)

Rebecca Kelly has been coming to Elmwood since she was a student in 1999. She and her husband Martin were married here in 2003 and they, with their two sons, live in Eccles.

Rebecca can often be seen at Elmwood Church toddler group and works in Media City. Alongside listening to and making radio programmes, she loves cats, spending time with her family, and taking photos of letter boxes.

David McCormick

Leadership Team & Trustee (Outreach & Community, Missions, Treasurer)

I have been attending Elmwood church since 2002, becoming a member in 2004.
I’m husband to Irene and father to three grown up children. We have 4 grandchildren.

I’m currently serving as both a trustee and member of the Leadership team, in charge of finances.

I’m retired and outside of church, I volunteer at Ambassadors and i am on the board of trustees for a Christian school in India ‘friends of inheritors’ and Boothstown Village hall, where I live. I also love reading, and walking.

Angela Hopper

Trustee (Chair of Trustees, Safeguarding)

I have been coming to Elmwood since 1986 when I got married to Dave and moved up from London. We felt called to stay in Salford and, so far, God’s not called us to move anywhere else!

I have 3 sons – two all grown up, one in primary school keeping me young at heart. For many years I enjoyed working with young people as a youth leader. More recently, I have been able to put all the things God has taught me in youth ministry to good use working with my fellow Trustees.

I am a Radio 4 addict, I enjoy art galleries, I recently discovered I like body boarding and I am a huge Star Wars fan.

Richard Bryce

Trustee (Employment, Information Technology)

I’ve been comming to Elmwood since 1995, before which, I attended Holy Trinity Platt Church in Fallowfield.

I can’t remember when I joined the trustees, it was that long ago! Before I served on the Trustees, I was involved in Youth and Children’s work, and also served our international members back when we had a large number of international students coming to Elmwood. I’ve also led Home groups and do so now, with my wife Annabelle. We have two young boys, who both enjoy the children’s ministries here at church.

I currently work at Manchester University, lecturing in research in medicinal chemistry in the Pharmacy department.

In my spare time, I love playing hockey and play for the Cheadle Hulme Mixed team. If I had more spare time, I would love to do more art…

Phil Gee

Trustee (Health & Safety)

At present Phil works as a logistics coordinator sending bible resources around the UK, Europe and the world in many different languages.

At Elmwood he can be seen leading prayer meetings, joining ‘the fun’ at the Men’s breakfasts and serves on the Missions team.

In his free time, Phil likes walking in the hills and watching rugby (and sometimes football)

Derek Smith

Trustee (Buildings & Assets)

I’ve been attending Elmwood for 17 years now, before which I attended a Church of England congregation in Mossley Common, which is where I currently live. I’ve been a trustee for around 5 years, and keep trying to retire! maybe soon! I’ve been the buildings manager and also been on the welcome team since it’s start.

Before I retired, I worked in finance and was also a manager in the technical department for a company called ‘Skandia’ that took me all around the north of the country and involved a lot of travelling.

I’m married to Sue and we have two grown up children and 2 grandchildren. Now i’m retired, I love to read for pleasure, having done much reading for purpose in my working life. I also love helping people.

Richard Haworth


I have lived locally and attended Elmwood since I married my wife, Pat in 1972. I have served on the Eldership, Trustees, and had the privilege of being Treasurer for 32 of those years, seeing God supply all our needs for what is now a £4.2m pound building, as well as staffing all the ministries. I still like to support the Finance Team and take a keen interest in Missions.

I love walking and being in the great outdoors – particularly in the Lake District.