Arena Church Ilkeston

Campus Pastors


Tim and Helen have been married since 1998 and have two boys; Jack and Ben. 


They have a heart for people, to see them come to know Jesus and to grow in their relationship with Him. They are excited to see what God is going to do in the life of Arena Ilkeston as well as cheering on the other campus pastors across Arena church.


Tim is originally from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, although the accent is long gone, and Helen is from just outside Sheffield in Killamarsh, but both have lived in this area since 2001 and have grown to love Ilkeston and its surrounding areas.


Tim is a big Liverpool fan and also keeps an eye on Derby County. Helen loves a good cup of coffee and a chat and also to unwind with a good book. They both enjoy walking, particularly in the peak district – whether that be the two of them together, with the boys or with friends. 


Their passion is to see Arena Ilkeston filled to the brim with people from the town and beyond that have found Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and that can testify of the amazing difference that HE makes in their lives.


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 Ilkeston, 1 Rutland Street, Ilkeston, DE7 8DG


Arena Church Ilkeston is holding gatherings every Sunday at 10:30am, we would love to see you there!


There is plenty of on-site parking, for both disabled access and regular access, as well as plenty of on-street parking.


Arena Church in Ilkeston has a service at 10:30am every Sunday – if you’ve missed any or would like to hear the messages from previous services, listen to the podcast below.


Arena Kids runs every Sunday and is for kids between the ages of 1 and 11, it’s a stimulating and age-appropriate experience of church.