Hope City Church

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Hope City Church
Hope City Church
Location International
Denomination C3 Church
Pentecostalism, Evangelical, Charismatic
Website www.hopecity.church [1]
Founded 1991
Founder(s) Dave Gilpin and Jenny Gilpin

Hope City Church is a multisite church based in the United Kingdom launched in Sheffield in 1991 by Dave and Jenny Gilpin, after emigrating from Australia.[1][2] The Church holds services and weekday connections in 12 (soon to be 13) locations and describes itself as 'One Church all over the place.'[3] It is a part of the C3 group of churches originating from Sydney, Australia.[4] There are over 400 C3 churches worldwide.[5]


Hope City Church was pioneered in Sheffield in 1991 by Dave and Jenny Gilpin, who had been a part of an Assemblies of God church in Brisbane, Australia. After seeing the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 on television in Australia Dave and Jenny were released by their church to investigate the possibilities of pioneering in the UK. After a three-week speaking tour of small churches across England in December 1990, they returned at Easter 1991 to pioneer the church, which was first called The Hope of Sheffield Christian Church.[6] It was then renamed to Hope City Church.[7]

Hope City has also planted churches in Liverpool, Leeds,[8] Newcastle, Sunderland, Birmingham, Lancashire[9] and in Accra, Ghana, Frankfurt, Germany, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, London, and York.[10][11][12]

In 2010 a team went to Accra to start Hope City Church in Africa.[13] Two years later, in 2012, six students and two senior leadership members went to Frankfurt, Germany to establish the first Hope City Church in mainland Europe.[14] On Easter Sunday in 2013 the first Hope City London service was held in the Charing Cross Hotel. These continued monthly and started weekly in September 2013 at The Cumberland Hotel before the services moved in September 2014 to the Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch.[15] In January 2015, the Hope City London services moved to Rich Mix in Shoreditch alongside the #FINDYOURSELFIE campaign.[16][not in citation given] Hope City London have now moved into a great venue called the Hackney Showroom. In September 2014, Hope City Church sent out a team to Kuala Lumpur to start the first Hope City Church in Asia which launched in April 2015.[17]

In October 2015 a team from the Leeds location of Hope City started travelling to put on an evening service and launched Hope City York.[18]

In October 2016 the Leadership team of Hope City Church decided to pause holding church services in the Lanchashire region through concluding their Preston location. It was a difficult decision and based upon limited resources that were available to sustain the ministry. However the church planting spirit does not stop there, with plans already in place to launch a brand new location in Hope City Brussles in 2017.


The church bought an old tool factory in 1998 in the United Kingdom and called it The Megacentre.[19][not in citation given] The building contains a play centre, a nursery and conferencing facilities.[20]

In 2009, Hope City Church bought the former Archive building of Leeds central library on York Road which has been converted to contain a 400-seater auditorium and community and conferencing facility for Leeds.[21][22]

There are also currently plans in place for a brand new, purpose-built 1,500 seater auditorium to be developed in the Waverlery area in Sheffield, UK, moving the Hope City Sheffield to a much bigger venue.


In 2002, Hope City Church started a Night of Honour in Sheffield, Leeds, and Liverpool. The event celebrates community heros, children and community service.[23][24][25] The church also runs other community projects out of The Megacentre.[26][27]

In 2007, Jenny Gilpin started City Hearts to support victims of human trafficking.[28][not in citation given]. City Hearts believes that every life matters and exists to love people back to life, relentlessly pursuing the freedom and restoration of every person. Their aim is to leave a legacy of freedom, dignity, justice, strength and love.


The church produced a television series for UCB[29][not in citation given] and putting on elaborate shows for both the annual Night of Honour and their 20th Anniversary celebration,[30] both at the Sheffield City Hall.

They have also produced two albums, Devoted and We Are Ready, which was produced by award winning producer Eliot Kennedy.[31] In September 2016, Hope City will release a new album titled Rest Easy. On 20 May 2016 the first single from this album, Greater Than the Mountains was released and went straight to number one on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart.[32][not in citation given]

The Senior Pastor, Dave Gilpin, also presented a Saturday morning radio show on Premier Christian Radio between 2011-2013.[33][not in citation given]

In 2015 Senior Pastor Dave Gilpin started a series on new to the UK Christian channel TBN[34] called 'God Talks' including clips from messages preached at Hope City and interviews with people.Following this he was invited back as both a host and to be interviewed on their show 'Praise The Lord', along with his wife Jenny.


The church has attracted criticism due to its promotion of the prosperity gospel, holding frequent and repetitive offerings with promises of blessings in return.[35]


  1. ^ Bob Jackson, Everybody Welcome (Church House Publishing, 2009) 26
  2. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/church-s-got-talent-and-an-orchestra-as-it-hits-20-1-3514147
  3. ^ http://www.hopecitychurch.tv/who-we-are/about-hope-city
  4. ^ http://www.hopecitychurch.tv/who-we-are/about-hope-city
  5. ^ http://c3churchglobal.com/#about-section
  6. ^ http://www.hopecitychurch.tv/who-we-are/about-hope-city/history
  7. ^ BBC - South Yorkshire - Faith - Church advertising with a difference
  8. ^ Assemblies of God, Expansion Issue 6(Assemblies of God) 2
  9. ^ http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/church-marks-its-milestone-1-3552566
  10. ^ Black-E back in use as church for first time in over 40 years - Liverpool Echo
  11. ^ Here's hoping superstar is born - Top Stories - Yorkshire Evening Post
  12. ^ Tiger Tiger is venue for church services - Chronicle Live
  13. ^ Church members flock to Africa for training course - Education - The Star
  14. ^ Christmas won’t ever be the same again - Features - The Star
  15. ^ http://www.hopecitychurch.tv/who-we-are/about-hope-city/history
  16. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/advertising/jesus-christ-has-become-an-unlikely-pinup-for-hipster-marketing-companies-9934582.html
  17. ^ http://www.hopecitychurch.tv/locations/kuala-lumpur
  18. ^ "Hope City Church York". 
  19. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/pat-makes-last-call-1-4336063
  20. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/church-s-got-talent-and-an-orchestra-as-it-hits-20-1-3514147
  21. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/content/articles/2008/12/19/faith_hope_city_church_feature.shtml
  22. ^ http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/parent-and-toddler-group-among-popular-services-provided-by-community-charity-1-3027196
  23. ^ Nominate unsung heroes - Out & About - The Star
  24. ^ Group News - JCT600
  25. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/listings/talks-courses-and-workshops/superstar-jayden-lights-up-the-night-of-honour-1-457873
  26. ^ Sheffield church volunteers give community a spring clean - News - The Star
  27. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/sheffield-school-gets-much-needed-tlc-1-5773840
  28. ^ How charity gave me my life back - Features - The Star
  29. ^ http://www.ucb.co.uk/ucb-watch/hope-city-tv-0
  30. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/honouring-sheffield-1-4000864
  31. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/church-s-got-talent-and-an-orchestra-as-it-hits-20-1-3514147
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=murkX_T7usM
  33. ^ http://www.premierradio.org.uk/presenters/dave%20gilpin.aspx
  34. ^ "TBN UK Website". TBN UK website. 
  35. ^ http://www.shipoffools.com/mystery/2016/3075.html

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