Born in Weston-Super-Mare (England), Alistair spent most of his life growing up in Northern Ireland. He made a decision to follow Jesus as a child but in his mid to late teens a passion for God began to stir within his heart and he felt challenged to go to Bible College to train to become a Pastor. At the age of 19 he started a three year course at Belfast Bible College and upon graduation was appointed Youth Pastor in South Belfast Elim Church. Following 4 years of service there, Alistair was appointed to Hillsborough Elim Church (June 2004) as Associate Pastor to work alongside his father,. However, upon Pastor Jimmy Ritchie's change of role from lead Pastor Alistair was appointed the new lead Pastor of Hillsborough Elim Church where he he continues to serve with his wife Alison and daughters Chara and Emily. Alistair’s heart is to see Christians built up in God, fully devoted to Him and reaching out to lost people who need His love.
Pastor Jimmy Ritchie was born and brought up in East Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was through attending the Ulster Temple Campaigners(An Evangelical Uniformed Youth Organisation) that he first came in contact with an Elim Church and received Jesus Christ as his Lord, and Saviour. From his earliest days as a Christian Jimmy had a burning desire to serve the Lord and in September 1970 he commenced his training for Pastoral Ministry at the Elim Churches Theological College in Capel, Surrey in England. Jimmy has now over 30 years experience in full time ministry, having pastored Elim Churches in Weston-Super-Mare, Bradford, Pontypridd, Markethill and Carryduff. In the early 90s he became Elim’s Evangelistic Director (Ireland) and Associate Pastor of the Ulster Temple until his move to Hillsborough in October 2000. He then served faithfully as the lead Pastor from October 2000 until January 2012 when he stepped down from his role as lead Pastor and now serves as part of the church leadrship team. Jimmy and his wife Vanessa have six grown up children and thirteen grandchildren.
Pastor Bill Foye was born and brought up in North West Belfast and the top of the Shankill road. He was born the year both his parents became Christians so he had the privilege of a Godly upbringing. He became a Christian at the early age of 7 and as far back as he can remember he felt the call of God to give his live serving in the local church. After serving in the local church during his teenage years he felt the call to bible college so in 2006 he went to Belfast Bible College. After college he got married to Hilary and they moved to Dollingstown near Moira and decided to join Hillsborough Elim. God then opened the door to minister as part of the team as assistant Pastor after serving for 2 years as an intern. Bill heads up the youth work in the church and plays an active roll in media, music as well as event organising. His passion is to see Christians live in the freedom that Christ has given them through his life, death and resurrection, and for non-Christians to see the real Jesus in the lives of Christians.