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 at the end of November the same year. They lead alongside the wider team of METRO Church 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
Jenny and Dave Gilpin have been in Church leadership non-stop for well over 30 years. Dave was born in England and emigrated to Australia when he was just five years of age. He became a Christian halfway through his degree in Civil Engineering at Sydney University. Jen, however, is a true Queenslander and was saved from university life!
They met together in King George Square in Brisbane and were married a year later. After Ministry College and five years of youth pastoring at what is now Life Church in Brisbane, Jenny and Dave felt the call to the UK. This was prompted by a Soccer Stadium tragedy where around 100 people lost their lives.
They packed up and moved to Sheffield where the tragedy took place and remained there for 29 years planting 15 congregations out from Sheffield, including one still close to their hearts in Accra, Ghana.
Their Sheffield Associate Pastors, Glyn and Sophia Barrett, established the renowned Audacious Church in Manchester and became the leaders of the Assemblies of God in Great Britain.
In the early 2000s, and after finding out the true story behind her adoption at birth, Jen launched City Hearts – a ministry for women with life-controlling issues. It soon became a refuge for women freed from sex trafficking by the police and then went on to spearhead the British Government’s response to human slavery.
City Hearts grew to around 15 safe houses and extensive outreach ministries and were pivotal in writing the British Government Modern-day slavery policies, later adopted by the Australian Government.
With their son living in Sydney and with a strong sense that their ministry in the UK was concluding, they felt called by God to return to Australia. With no natural pull outside of the Holy Spirit, they felt called to the Gold Coast and then to METRO Church to carry on everything for which it was birthed. Dave has always admired the church from a distance!
Dave has written ten books changing the way Christians think about their journey of faith. Jen has a heart for both the raising of women of God and for an outpouring of mercy that is set to blossom in God’s perfect time.
In his book ‘The Hit Factory’, Dave declares that the most influential person outside of Jesus in the New Testament isn’t Paul – it’s Barnabas.
If it weren’t for this incredible encourager, there would be no Paul, no Book of Romans, no Timothy and no Epistles!
The Barnabas spirit is the fresh, new spirit that’s coming upon METRO Church
to bring us all into everything we were created to be.
Let new stars arise and shine brightly in the night sky for all the world to see!
There’s no time like now to get the party started!
– Dave Gilpin
Looking Ahead with Jen & Dave
Senior Pastors Jenny and Dave Gilpin believe that METRO 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!