Carnforth Free Methodist Church | Pastoral Team

Pastoral Team

Lead Pastor - Allan Ellershaw


I became Lead Pastor at Carnforth Free Methodist Church on New Year’s Day 2009.


From 1995 I oversaw the work of the Free Methodist Church for the whole of the United Kingdom but I stood down from that national role in 2012 because I felt called to focus on ministry in North West England.


Moving to Carnforth was a coming home: I was born here before moving with my parents and siblings to live on a farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales when I was four.


I came to faith in Jesus Christ as a small child. As a teenager I worshipped in the local Methodist church and was part of a Christian youth fellowship that often took services in village chapels. It was through this, as a 16-year-old, that I began to preach.


My wife Sue and I moved to Birmingham in 1974 to study at Birmingham Bible Institute. Here we encountered an environment where spiritual gifts were being used constructively. We both grew in understanding and experience of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We graduated from the college in 1977. I then served as an assistant minister in the Free Methodist Church at Garstang and Fulwood, Preston, until 1995.


Sue and I have been married for 43 years and God has blessed us with three wonderful children: Philip, Elisabeth and Andrew, all of whom are seeking to walk with God. Philip and his wife, Catherine, live in Preston with their twin daughters, Maisie and Rebecca, and their son, Oscar. Elisabeth and her husband, Paul Yates, have two daughters, Emily and Heidi, and the family lives in Garstang. Andrew is married to Bethany and they and their son, Jacob & daughter Chloe, live in Carnforth.

When I arrived at Carnforth my purpose was, and remains, to:
• Raise up and release a new generation into dynamic Christian living and effective Christian service.
• Develop ministries that will make a difference on our streets and in our neighbourhood.
• Work with other effective churches to see transformation across this region. 



Associate Pastor - Cristi Murgu


I was born in Timisoara, Romania – a city famous as the starting place of the country’s 1989 anti-communist Revolution. An only child, I was brought up in a very moral environment, strongly influenced by the Eastern Orthodox faith.


Through the grace of God, I began to grasp the Good News about Jesus at the age of nine and soon began to attend a local Baptist church where I experienced revival first hand, seeing many lives radically transformed by the love of Jesus.


By the age of 14 I was preaching in small rural satellite churches and I became involved with the youth work of the church as well as acting as interpreter for various foreign visitors. Although I trained to become a nurse and then planned to study Law at the local university, an amazing and miraculous set of ‘God-incidences’ occurred and I felt called to go to Bible College. In 1993 I arrived in the UK and studied theology for five years at Birmingham Bible Institute.


In October 1998 I started working as a volunteer Church Worker for Carnforth Free Methodist Church. In January 2001 I was recognised as Assistant Pastor in Carnforth and in May 2005 I was ordained (Reverend), and am currently part of the team of three pastors here at CFM, serving full-time as Associate Pastor.


During this time I have helped to establish the Youth Ministry and Small Groups Ministry at CFMC; I speak at local Universities, lecture at Capernwray Bible School, and I set up a local inter-church youth event, as well as serving short-term cross-culturally in Romania, India, Germany and Italy.


I am passionate about communication and community, longing to see the local church become a hub of radical discipleship. I am a coffee snob, a book lover and enjoy eclectic (but mostly acoustic) music and indie movies.


‘Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.’ Isaiah 26:8


Associate  Pastor - Andrew Woof


I grew up in a Christian household, on a farm just outside the village of Dent, near Sedbergh, Cumbria. Although I believed in God from an early age, it wasn’t until I turned 18 that I fully gave my life to God, having been greatly convicted of my need for Jesus.

Following this, my greatest desire was to see my life used for the glory of God. In 2002, the Lord led me to Manchester for six months of evangelism training with the Message Trust, working with the hardest-to-reach young people in schools, local communities and prisons. During this time God laid some important foundations in my life and I discovered for the first time the fullness of the Holy Spirit.


I also studied at Capernwray Bible School, Lancashire, and Regents Theological College, Malvern, Worcestershire.


I became trainee pastor at Carnforth Free Methodist Church in April 2010 and was ordained in May 2015.   I currently serve as Community Outreach Pastor.  

Tina and I were married in 2005 and we have two sons, Ezra & Joey. Tina fully shares my passion to see God minister in and through the local church and is very active within Carnforth Free Methodist Church. We see it as a great privilege to be a part of what God is doing here.


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