THE SKYLARK STORY
Pete & Nicki Sims
SENIOR LEADERS OF SKYLARK CHURCH
Church leaders, worship leaders and songwriters, Pete & Nicki are passionate about raising up a generation of 24-7 worshippers and equipping people to live out their faith on a daily basis. Married with a beautiful baby daughter, Aria, they love leading Skylark Church along with a wonderful team of staff and volunteers. “It is an inspiring, life-changing and exciting faith community to be a part of”, says Pete, “we feel privileged to serve and walk through life with such wonderful people.”
Members of the Vision Team for their church network, Christian Growth International, Pete & Nicki love to equip and resource the wider Church, speaking, training and leading worship across the UK and beyond. They have released two live worship albums, the most recent of which, ‘Wake The Dawn’, is available for free download.
Skylark Church can trace its roots back to 1926 when Rose Whybrow, a local lady, received a vision to start a centre to reach out to children within the neighbourhood. Land was purchased and a small facility built. From those early days the work progressed and evolved into a Church called Bethel Chapel.
In April 1996, Rick and Bev Murrill left Australia and arrived in England to lead the Church and in October the name was changed to Christian Growth Centre (CGC Chelmsford). Since then the Church has grown steadily, moved venues and has planted several churches around the UK and abroad under the banner of Christian Growth International (CGi network).
In September 2006, pastoral responsibility of CGCC was handed on to Paul and Lis Gutteridge and then in January 2013 the leadership passed to Pete & Nicki Sims.