Jenny and Dave Gilpin have been church leaders for over 3 decades. They moved back to Australia from the UK in 2020 and were appointed Senior Pastors of what is now AIR Church at the end of November the same year. They lead alongside the wider team of Pastors.
Dave is renowned for being highly innovative and creative. Jen is known for her prophetic insight that brings amazing breakthroughs, especially in those who feel overshadowed and often forgotten.
Dave and Jen’s heart isn’t that the superstar spirit in both the world and the Church is lifted, but transferred from leadership to the people! It’s their turn to shine!
Jenny and Dave Gilpin - The Story So Far
Dave became a Christian at Sydney University after discovering that in the height of ‘good times’, there was still a gap in the shape of God that nothing else could fill.
Jen was adopted at 10 days old and was brought up by two fabulous Christian parents! She had the privilege of finding her birth mum in her late 20s and was heart broken when she found out the terrible circumstances surrounding her conception.
It’s this that solidified Jen’s favourite passage in all of the Bible. It’s Jeremiah 1:5 which says, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…’. Her faith runs deeper than many.
After 5 years of Youth Pastoring at what is now Life Church Brisbane, they answered the call to plant a churches in the industrial cities of the North of England.
They arrived in Sheffield knowing no one and put an ad in the paper saying ‘Aussie Church starting’.
Within 4 months their only son Ryan was born who now lives in Sydney and loves to write worship songs.
After a few years of pioneering in Sheffield, they trained up young adult leaders and started to plant out into other cities across the North, eventually sending teams to plant churches in Germany, Ghana and Malaysia. Their vision was always multicultural, seeing people from many nations uniting together for a united future.
Their Associate Pastors for 15 years, Glyn and Sophie Barrett now oversee the AOG denomination of Churches in the UK as well as an incredible church in Manchester called Audacious Church.
Half way through their journey, Jen began a home for women coming out from life controlling issues that eventually evolved into a ministry for survivors of human trafficking. Thousands were helped and hundreds were accommodated and given fresh hope through a series of safe houses across the North of England.
In 2020, they knew that their time was finishing in the UK and felt called to return to Australia and take on the leadership of Air Church on the Gold Coast.
They are excited about building a strong expression of God’s heart on the coast as well as influencing Australia and New Zealand with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Dave and Jen met in King George Square in Brisbane, fell in love and set their sails to go all out serving God and taking on the world! Little did they know it would lead to the other side of the world!
Looking Ahead with Jenny and Dave
Senior Pastors Jenny and Dave Gilpin believe that AIR Church and its leadership are about to enter its golden season of reaping, sending and restoring.
God is about to do a new thing across the Gold Coast, and Jen and Dave are very excited about being part of this fresh season!