One Church, Multiple Locations


16 High Street, Belper, DE56 1GH

4pm Service on the last Sunday of the month

* Car parking on the church premises is limited. The closest public car park is on Short Lands/High Street (2 minute walk).

Arena Church in Belper

Arena Church is a place where everyone can belong, our ethos is that “everybody is somebody at Arena”. This is no new idea of ours, it comes from the heart of Jesus, he hung around with the majestic and maligned, the businessman and the beggar, the politician and the prostitute and he loved them all. Jesus heart is for everybody, and that is our heart at Arena. We are seeking to build a Church that reaches every area of society, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. Wherever you are in your life, you will be welcomed at the Arena.

Our Sunday services reflect the inclusive nature of Jesus, whether you have never stepped foot in a Church and just want to ‘see what it’s all about’ or whether you have been in Church your whole life, there is something for you. Our services reflect the greatness of our God alongside the reality of our humanity. They are passionate, intimate, exciting and engaging as we seek to go on this journey called life together. We don’t want you to put on a mask or a facade, we want you to come as you are.

We are one Church in many locations. Each of our campuses reflects the heart of Arena but also the community in which we are placed. We would love to welcome you to one of our campuses this week.


Arena Church

Lead Pastor Kristian 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!


Arena Church Belper

Campus Pastor David Blyth

David has been married to Jeanette for 25 years and have 4 children. They recently moved to Arena Church from Milton Keynes where David and Jeanette ran a counselling and support charity working with mostly addiction issues.

David was a Pastor and Elder at Milton Keynes Christian Centre where he pastored over 400 people, having been involved in full time ministry since 1994. They are passionate about showing the love of God in practical ways to local communities to bring lasting change, whilst raising up new leaders to be involved in reaching the lost.

David is enthusiastic about history, particularly the Saxon and viking era where the basis of our nation was forged. He is a lifetime supporter of West Ham United football club and likes most sports. He is influenced by great leaders such as Alfred the Great, Althelstan his grandson, and Winston Churchill, inspired by how they had a vision for a nation built in the face of great adversity. They love the adventure of life and want to invite as many as possible to meet Jesus in this life changing experience.


Arena Church in Belper has a service on the last Sunday of every month – if you’ve missed any or would like to hear the teachings from previous services, listen to the podcast below.


Arena Kids is for kids between the ages of 3 and 11, it’s a stimulating and age-appropriate experience of church.