Who we are

We are a Community Church based at 106 Emmett Street, Shirley, Christchurch.  ESCC began in February 1999 and has its roots in the Methodist Church. We are a grace based, evangelical church and are keen for all people to experience the wonder of knowing and loving God through Jesus Christ.  Our aim is to inspire, encourage and equip believers to serve God’s purposes and to see His kingdom established in our community, nation and world.  We aim to demonstrate the love of God by the lives we live emanating from our faith in Jesus Christ on the understanding that ‘faith without works is dead.’ (James 2.17)

Pastor Steve and Pauline Leppard


Steve & Pauline Leppard - Emigrated from UK in 1985 - Steve had 3 years Theological training in UK (1980-83) - Ministered in Christchurch from 1985 to date – Steve is a former ITIM Industrial Chaplain - Proud parents and doting grandparents - Favourite authors are CS Lewis & NT Wright (Steve) and John Ortberg & Karen Kingsbury (Pauline).


Steve and Pauline have been pastoring at ESCC since 2008 and have a strong desire to see God's kingdom established in the Emmett Street community. 

Music Directors Tim and Judith Bell


It is a privilege to worship together as a church on Sunday mornings, and I often mention that the congregation are an important part of the music team – they don't have to stick to rosters, but we're all worshiping together, and I appreciate the active participation of the congregation; it's not a performance by the music team!
We are blessed to have a large group of talented musicians who are rostered each week depending on availability. As has been the case for many people in Christchurch, there are many distractions and other commitments that members of the team are involved in that can make Sundays complicated, but we are fortunate to have always been able to put together a group to lead each Sunday.


We're grateful to the whole team for their dedication, commitment to excellence, and for sharing their talents.