Our Lead Pastor
Kristian & Caroline Thorpe
Kristian is happily married to Caroline and they have 4 amazing children and one fantastic son in law. He has been involved in business and church leadership since 1992. He is the Lead Pastor of Arena Church, a growing multi site church located in the East Midlands with 6 campuses and more to come! He is a pioneering “big picture” leader and with his team they have seen numbers of new churches and campuses develop regionally and further afield into Toulouse, France also.
Alongside the church an incredibly effective community programme has been established, that Kristian is passionate about! It now has over 80 staff / volunteer positions, operates out of 16 buildings and serves over 5000 people each week.
Kristian, until 2019, served for 5 years as the AOG GB Church Planting Director and during this time saw scores of new leaders trained and new works planted. He is passionate about the raising of new leaders, planting healthy life giving churches and transforming communities. He speaks widely helping leaders and churches to remove lids and limitations and think bigger!