Ministry team and Elders

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Ministry team

Our ministry team has the following members:

  • Alan Meyer (Senior Minister)
  • John & Rachel McDonough (Currently serving in Paraguay)
  • Jean Ranson (Family Ministry Coordinator)
  • Jill Wheatley (CAP Debt Centre Manager)
  • Ruth Whiffen (PA to Senior Minister & Administrator)


The Elders are responsible for the oversight and development of the Church, and it's staff, and consists of the Senior Pastor, our 2 Ministers currently serving in Paraguay and the following Elders:

  • John Ranson
  • Chris Vernon
  • Claire Wamsley
  • Christine Orr
  • Helena Cowling


Meet the team

Alan Meyer, Senior Minister

Alan moved to Carlisle in 1994, having previously led Churches at Cannock, in Staffordshire, and Southport, Lancashire. He is married to Gail. Having been in the area for a number of years now, their children have grown up here and also live locally. Fiona, their eldest daughter is married to Adam and together with their sons, Thomas and Nathaniel, are fully involved in the Cell Group ministry in the Church.

Alan is responsible for leading the team, and is passionate about seeing the Church in the City make an impact upon the community, and in particular, communicating the love of Christ to people who are presently untouched by any effective Church ministry. When he is not working he enjoys reading and fly fishing, although rumour has it that the trout are in no great danger when he is around!



Jean Ranson, Children's Minister

The Children's Ministry is supervised and led by Jean Ranson. Jean is a trained teacher and has been a Christian for 28 years (since her College days!), and has worshipped at Elim Community Church for the past 20 years. She is married to John and they have two university-age children. 

Jean is responsible for around 20 volunteer staff and leaders as well as the children involved in her department, and manages to oversee this developing work in a part-time staff capacity, while at the same time being a Mum, wife and all-round superstar!!


Jill Wheatley (Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre Manager)  

Jill has lived in Carlisle for all but 6 years of her life.  She was brought up in the Salvation Army, where she met her husband John, and they joined Elim Carlisle in 1986. 

She joined the staff team in October 2009 as Centre Manager for our CAP Debt Counselling Centre and has a real heart for the poor and marginalised in the City.  She is also involved in the worship band and leads one of our Connect Groups.  She loves walking and cycling and her two cats Bobcat and Sooty!

Ruth Whiffen – PA to the Senior Minister

Originally from Northampton, Ruth and her husband, David, moved to Carlisle in August 2003, after living in Cheshire for 4 years. They have 3 daughters, who enjoy music and dance.  Ruth was brought up in a Christian home and became a Christian when she was seven.

She joined the team as Alan’s PA in August 2007, and as well as providing administrative support she does her best to get Alan organized – quite a task!  She also leads a connect group with David and  is involved in the worship band.  In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys walking, playing the piano and reading in her spare time. 

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