About Us

The Vision

Love God Love People And Lead Them to Jesus

Our Values

Bible Centred

The Bible is our foundation, we believe it and our people live it out. Every decision made at our Church is measured against the truth it contains.

Kingdom Focused

Our community matters to us. We are a compassionate people who are committed to loving, serving, building, connecting and transforming Carryduff and the surrounding area with the love of God.

Growing Together

We believe that the best days are always ahead. Our people give generously of their time, finance and resources to build family and bring life. We are committed to prayer; and to discovering, equipping and releasing kingdom building potential in every generation.

Our Personality


There is room for everyone at Carryduff, our buildings are a hub of activity and our people create a diverse culture –  there is always room and space for more. We serve an unlimited God!


We serve the ultimate Creator and we are committed to being creative in our approach to reaching others and helping them personally experience the love of God.

Spirit Filled

We believe in the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit and our people with compassion and sensitivity will outwork gifts of prayer, knowledge, prophecy and healing in their lives.


The truth of the Gospel will never change, it is as radical today as when first established. Our delivery of the message will change to ensure we communicate the truth in an effective and relevant way.

Our Team

Lead Pastor Gavin Allen

Gavin is the lead Pastor, having joined the team as associate pastor at Carryduff, in September 2017. Previously he served the Elim Church movement in Brookeborough Elim, after serving bi-vocationally in South Belfast Elim, whilst completing his training. He brings a wealth of life experience to his Pastoral role having worked in various leadership roles vocationally.

Gavin desires that all would feel welcome, accepted and loved within the church community. He is a teacher, preacher, mentor and friend who is passionate about helping and equipping everyone to live life to their fullest potential in Christ.

Gavin is married to Sara and together they have three boys, Jacob, Thomas and Matthew. As a family their desire is to love and serve others, trusting and believing that as they do so lives would be transformed with the love of God within the Carryduff community and beyond.

Assistant (Youth) Pastor Gregg McBride

Pastor Gregg was accepted as a Minister in Training in November 2019 and Carryduff Elim is his first posting. Gregg has joined the team to look after youth ministry in the church and alongside his fiancee Vicky are bringing a wealth of experience working with young people. He previously was part of the team in Coastlands Elim Church, Holywood spending close to 5 years working establishing and building the youth work there.

Associate Pastor David Hamilton

David comes with a wealth of over 30 years experience, more than 20 of which being Senior Pastor at the Ulster Temple, Belfast. David and Hilary “retired” to Carryduff Elim in 2012 and was quickly prompted to come alongside his lifelong friend and colleague George. David has been married to Hilary for almost 50 years. They have 3 grown up and married children and 8 grandchildren.

David’s areas of ministry are pastoral care, teaching and community initiatives.

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Jeff Morgan (Elder)

Jeff is married to Irma and they have one married daughter and 3 grandchildren. Both Jeff and Irma are used in the ministry of intercessory prayer in Carryduff. Jeff and his family have been part of Carryduff Community Church since it was planted in early 1980s.

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Brian Silvester (Elder)

Brian is married to Ann and they have one son, Jonathan. Both Brian and Ann spearhead Healing Rooms in Carryduff. Brian is also Ireland Director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, (ICEJ) standing alongside Israel and the Jewish people.

Robert McPhilips (Elder)

Robert (Rab) is married to Jacqueline and they have 4 grown up boys, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Rab’s areas of ministry are Connect, evangelism and pastoral care. Rab is also an active volunteer with “Street Pastors.”

What We Believe

The Bible

We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Trinity

We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.

The Saviour

We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.


We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.


We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.

The Church

We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.

The Ministry

We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.


We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.

The Commission

We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.

The Coming King

We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.

The Future State

We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.