We are really privileged to have an amazing Leadership Team.

Our team is made up of people from a range of backgrounds and professions, creating a fun, down-to-earth and faith-filled atmosphere at City Life. The team has a combined wealth of wisdom and life experience, and a passion for both God and people. They are dedicated to reaching out inclusively with the good news of Jesus and serving people in a culturally relevant way.

Daniel & Laura Harman

(Talia & Sophie)

Lead Pastors

Daniel and Laura Harman co-lead CLC and have been married since 2005. They have two beautiful children, Talia and Sophie. Daniel is a second generation pastor and started preaching and leading at 15 years of age.  He is a passionate, faith-filled visionary leader with a big dream, a big heart and governmental authority. He is a strong teacher of the Word of God and is able to communicate in a way that people understand, can relate to and most importantly connect with.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, fitness training, following Portsmouth Football Club, eating out, music, and marketing and spending time with his family. Laura is a gifted singer/songwriter and is actively involved in leading the CLC worship team. She also enjoys watching movies, crafts, cooking, DIY, interior design, shopping, listening to music and having fun with family and friends.

Paul & Wynelle Cowdery

Senior Leadership Team/Executive Pastor

Paul & Wynelle are part of the Senior Leadership Team. Paul’s experience & training has been that of networking with pastors/leaders across the UK with a specialty in Business Admin/Event planning. He is a Father/mentor and helps in many ways behind the scenes. Wynelle is our Executive Pastor, raised in a missionary home in Latin America. She is an open-minded individual with a practical and detailed approach to problem-solving. An intense drive to see things to completion and a great eye for detail and excellence. She loves overcoming challenges while being very creative & adaptable. Excellent track record in educational & business management/administration globally with 40 years experience. Self-motivated & Talented communicator, able to strengthen relationships with peers and senior leadership while making clear decisions. She also loves preaching & teaching the word.

Mark & Rachel Hayward


Worship Director/Student Worker

Mark & Rachel are enthusiastic, passionate followers of Jesus. Mark is our worship director & Student Worker.
Rachel is a psychological therapist for the NHS. They have a new addition to their family which is the lovely Aoife born late 2019.

Joseph & Becca Shurmer

Senior Youth Leaders/Worship

Joe is our Senior Youth leader and Youth Band Developer. He has been playing worship since he was 9 years old, playing drums, keyboard, guitar, singing and song writing. He is also part of a band named ‘All Hours’ who have released several songs. Becca is a Primary School Teacher and helps Joe in leading our Youth ministry.

Daniel Williams

Student Leader/Connections/Media

Daniel attended university and came to us as an intern and is now part time as our Student Leader as well helping people connect and behind the scenes media work. In addition, he is one of our Apprentice Leaders for our CLC South location. He loves to travel and is amazed at where God has taken him since uni. He also loves football, basketball and loves meeting people. We are so excited to have him on team!

Bethany Laycock

Office Manager/Kids Leader

Before coming on staff, Bethany had served in many different areas in the Church, including refreshments, admin, youth, and kids. She was delighted to officially join the CLC staff team at the start of 2020, where her gifts already have a significant impact. She has a passion for reaching out and delivering the good news of Jesus to all children and their families in the area, believing that Christ can heal and bring revival to them all.

Josiah Becsi


Josiah was born and raised in Australia, and at the age of 19, he was led by God to move to the UK. He joined CLC at the start of 2020 and later enrolled in the Stronger internship programme; he has been blossoming since. He has many gifts and serves in various ministries at CLC, including media production, students, youth, operations/facilities, and football outreach, and is developing into a powerful preacher. He has a love for football, having played professionally in Australia, and desires to combine this with his passion for evangelism, bringing the good news of Jesus into the football industry.

Barbara Dollimore


Barbara Dollimore has come from a background as a science teacher and got saved on an Alpha Course at CLC many years ago. Barbara runs one of the largest Life Groups at CLC and is part of the Pastoral Care Team. She has a strong giftings in teaching, pastoral care and organisation. In her spare time she enjoys making jewellery, arts and crafts, and going to the gym.

David Welch


Dave is one of our dedicated Trustees at CLC and is married to Halina. He is passionate about overseas missions and flies an airplane for a living, which we think is very cool!

Franklin Burns

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Franklin is an amazing apostolic leader, passionate evangelist and prolific church planter with a wealth of experience. During his ministry working alongside his wife Doris, they have planted 52 churches across South America. Franklin has an inspiring gift of faith and lots of stories to tell about his many adventures of faith.

Tony Williams

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Tony is a gifted bible teacher, devoted prayer warrior and loving pastor with a prophetic edge. He and his wife Sue co-lead Living Waters Church in Paignton.

David Shadbolt

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David is a prophet, author and has a background in business. He travels the world ministering and has written several books including God’s Healing for Businesses, and Hello David I’m God.

Debbie Tran

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Intercessory prayer warrior and global missionary adventurer from Vietnam. Debbie is a courageous minister who travels all over the world bringing a powerful message of reconciliation, hope and transformation.

Esther Lombardi

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Esther Lombardi has a background in education and brings a wealth of wisdom, knowledge and experience.  She speaks 5 languages, is extremely missional in her mindset and oozes the love of Jesus everywhere she goes.