We meet at: Finkle Street, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1DA

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Meet the Team

pastors Ben and Lydia Stirling at  family life church thirsk
pastors Andy and Tracey Newlove at  family life church thirsk


Ben & Lydia Stirling

Ben Stirling originally came from Manchester and joined FLC in June 2011. His wife, Lydia, has been part of FLC since it's opening and is the Worship Pastor. They are now both Lead Pastors and have two daughters.

They are passionate about the house of the Lord, and seeing people find freedom in Jesus.

Assistant Pastors

Andy & Tracey Newlove

They have been ministers since 1984 and served as missionaries in the Philippines for 15 years where they raised their four children. They are passionate about Jesus and are driven by their compassion for others. They founded Family Life Church in 2007.

They are motivated by a loving family, united in a purpose to bring about change and hope in today's society.

What we Believe

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, perfect, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, forever existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, that His death atoned for our sin through his blood being shed, that He rose from the grave, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and that He is coming again.
  • We believe that for sinful and lost people to be saved we must ask forgiveness for our sin and accept Jesus Christ into our life and allow the Holy Spirit to restore us.
  • We believe in the present work of the Holy Spirit who lives in us giving us power, guiding us and enabling us to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in a personal relationship with God, through his son Jesus Christ.

What we aim to be


We are proud to be Christians and dedicated to the purposes of God. We are enthusiastic, and rise to the challenges that are ahead of us and are passionate for success.


We are friendly and courteous in all relationships with each other, the church and the world. We appreciate the endeavour of everyone that works with us, for the work of the kingdom.


We are reliable and consistent, we desire and are in pursuit of excellence in all we do, and take it everywhere we go.


We endeavour to be honest and trustworthy in all that we say and do, we take responsibility for our own actions.


We are determined to stand for the Kingdom of God and all that entails, to live the life, talk the talk and walk the walk  that Jesus has commanded us to do. We are commited to seeing lives change through the power of Jesus Christ, and through our testimony.

 CONTACT US: Phone: 01845-868188 Mobile: 07379-102266, Email: admin@flcthirsk.co.uk | Charity Number: 1129813