St. Helens Parish Church

About Us

Who We Are

"Being God's family in the heart of St Helens"

We are part of the Church of England in the Diocese of Liverpool, and are the St Helens base for the Transform North West Resource Church.

Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who become dedicated to Him, devoted to one another, and who demonstrate God’s love in St Helens and the world. We do this by living in community and seeking to build relationships through our values of UP, IN and OUT.

Our Values

UP - Dedicated to Jesus

  • Connecting with Jesus and building our relationship with Him.

  • Knowing God's word (the Bible) and learning from it and living by it each day.

  • Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.

IN - Devoted to one another

  • Welcoming, accepting, and loving others.

  • Helping each other in following Jesus.

  • Forgiving others as we seek their forgiveness.

OUT - Demonstrating God's love

  • Praying for, serving, and helping others.

  • Being generous with our time, talents, and money.

  • Showing the love of God each day with our hearts, minds, souls, and strength.


Meet our Team

  David Eastwood - Vicar   David was a lawyer for over twenty years and was Managing Partner of a firm of solicitors in Northampton and Milton Keynes. He is married to Monica, and they have two daughters, Beth and Kathryn, who both live in Sheffield. He enjoys curry, Cornwall and crazy golf. He believes it's all about 'disciples making disciples'.

David Eastwood - Vicar

David was a lawyer for over twenty years and was Managing Partner of a firm of solicitors in Northampton and Milton Keynes. He is married to Monica, and they have two daughters, Beth and Kathryn, who both live in Sheffield. He enjoys curry, Cornwall and crazy golf. He believes it's all about 'disciples making disciples'.

  Beth Anderson - Curate   Hi, I'm Beth, curate at Parish church. I'm married to Mike and we have three children, a sock-stealing dog and a terrapin. I used to teach English and do youth work. I'm from the Lake District and love mountains, walking, cycling, red wine, lunch out, camping, surfing and daft games.

Beth Anderson - Curate

Hi, I'm Beth, curate at Parish church. I'm married to Mike and we have three children, a sock-stealing dog and a terrapin. I used to teach English and do youth work. I'm from the Lake District and love mountains, walking, cycling, red wine, lunch out, camping, surfing and daft games.

  Alesia Cooper - Worship Leader   Alesia is originally from Luton but moved up north in 2008 and is now an adopted northener. She is married to Dave and has three grown up children and a granddaughter. Like Roy, she never says no to a brew! She is passionate about seeing people connect with God through sung worship and has being playing keys for around 40 years. She also loves charity shopping and is a real bargain hunter (her nickname is "The ferret").

Alesia Cooper - Worship Leader

Alesia is originally from Luton but moved up north in 2008 and is now an adopted northener. She is married to Dave and has three grown up children and a granddaughter. Like Roy, she never says no to a brew! She is passionate about seeing people connect with God through sung worship and has being playing keys for around 40 years. She also loves charity shopping and is a real bargain hunter (her nickname is "The ferret").


  Derek Mounsey - Church Warden   Having previously worked in retail management, he now enjoys retirement with his wife Rita, his two daughters, and his three grandsons. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, and collecting model trucks.

Derek Mounsey - Church Warden

Having previously worked in retail management, he now enjoys retirement with his wife Rita, his two daughters, and his three grandsons. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, and collecting model trucks.

  Roy Benyon - Church Warden   He has lived in St Helens all his life. He is a manager and qualified building surveyor working for the public sector. He loves being a family man and never says no to a cup of tea …”milk no sugar please”

Roy Benyon - Church Warden

He has lived in St Helens all his life. He is a manager and qualified building surveyor working for the public sector. He loves being a family man and never says no to a cup of tea …”milk no sugar please”

  Colin Gaskell - Treasurer   Colin has been the treasurer for a number of years. He enjoys watching Saints and walks in the country and by the beach.

Colin Gaskell - Treasurer

Colin has been the treasurer for a number of years. He enjoys watching Saints and walks in the country and by the beach.


  Jess Benyon - Children and Families Leader   Jess was born and raised in St Helens has an Honours degree in Early Years Education from Edge Hill University. Jess’ family mean so much to her and she loves to dance in her spare time. She has danced since she was two years old and her favourite TV programme is Emmerdale.

Jess Benyon - Children and Families Leader

Jess was born and raised in St Helens has an Honours degree in Early Years Education from Edge Hill University. Jess’ family mean so much to her and she loves to dance in her spare time. She has danced since she was two years old and her favourite TV programme is Emmerdale.

  Phil Beswick - Youth Leader   Phil is originally from Oldham, but moved to St Helens in 2016 from Lincoln with his wife Ali, after missing being “up north”. He enjoys reading, walking, playing board games (which are steadily taking over the house!). When he gets the chance, Phil loves to make people laugh performing comedy.

Phil Beswick - Youth Leader

Phil is originally from Oldham, but moved to St Helens in 2016 from Lincoln with his wife Ali, after missing being “up north”. He enjoys reading, walking, playing board games (which are steadily taking over the house!). When he gets the chance, Phil loves to make people laugh performing comedy.

  Jack Weaver - Young Adult Leader   Jack is from Australia and moved to St Helens in 2017 and co-leads the Form Discipleship course's Northwest hub. He recently spent 2 years in Sheffield doing Form there. He loves to play basketball and the drums, and wants to swim with Orcas.

Jack Weaver - Young Adult Leader

Jack is from Australia and moved to St Helens in 2017 and co-leads the Form Discipleship course's Northwest hub. He recently spent 2 years in Sheffield doing Form there. He loves to play basketball and the drums, and wants to swim with Orcas.


  Cath Gaskell - Church Administrator   Cath has worked in the church office for a few years and enjoys her part- time role. She enjoys music and walks in the countryside.

Cath Gaskell - Church Administrator

Cath has worked in the church office for a few years and enjoys her part- time role. She enjoys music and walks in the countryside.

  Kim Quinn - Office Administrator   Kim has been an office administrator at St Helens Parish Church for many years, following over 24 years’ experience as a solicitor. She is married to Mark, and they have a daughter at University. Kim’s hobbies include horse-riding, dog-walking, reading & going to the cinema.

Kim Quinn - Office Administrator

Kim has been an office administrator at St Helens Parish Church for many years, following over 24 years’ experience as a solicitor. She is married to Mark, and they have a daughter at University. Kim’s hobbies include horse-riding, dog-walking, reading & going to the cinema.

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Our History

The church was built in 1926, after the former Parish Church building, known as St Mary’s, burned down in 1916. The church commissioned W.D. Caröe, one of the most distinguished of English church architects, to design a new church building.  St Helens Parish Church was to be the first of Caröe’s churches to be designed after the Great War. The foundation stone was laid in 1920 and the building was completed in 1926.

We took our information about the Parish Church building from the following sources:

1. Jennifer M Freeman, W.D.Caröe, His Architecural Achievement, 1990, Manchester University Press.

2. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of England: South Lancashire, Penguin, 1969. p.50


Our Wider Families


Transform Northwest

Transform Northwest is about creating a movement at the heart of three great towns. A movement that is willing to try new things that will help people discover God and to serve. We want to see lives transformed, communities renewed and bring together inspiring people with a heart to love and serve our towns.

Our vision for Transform is:

  • To create a Resource Church Network: one church with three locations

  • To bring afresh the knowledge and love of Jesus to Warrington, Widnes and St Helens;

  • To help transform the culture of the towns towards Kingdom values.


Kairos Connexion

We belong to a family of churches across England and Wales known as Kairos Connexion. In their own words:

"Kairos Connexion is a network of churches and leaders in England and Wales who have committed to travel together on a journey of mission and discipleship.

We exist to serve churches that want to either transition from more traditional models of church to ones where integrated mission and discipleship are front and centre; or churches and leaders who have made the transition and want to continue learning and strategising together for local, regional and national breakthrough."