Our vision is simply to love God, love one another and love the world.  We seek to provide a place of belonging and growth for our members, employees, volunteers and for those accessing our services.  We are committed to building a culture of safeguarding and to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

The projects and partnerships we are involved in have at the heart God’s love for all people, especially the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

During the Week

We have various celebrations and gatherings throughout the week. These are currently held both on Zoom and in person.

Our Shine community centres around building family together through all-age fun activities, worship, teaching and prayer – take a look at the fun weekly activity sheets. Our all age Shine videos are also available online for use in homes and in smaller groups whenever is convenient for people.  

City Life has many other small groups across the city meeting in homes weekly or fortnightly at which you will receive a warm welcome.

We also have community outreach groups in specific places providing an opportunity to build friendships and explore faith in God together. These include a lively youth group, our Kids & Families outreach and small groups for older Primary school aged children.

On a Sunday

Our Shine community meets in person for a Shine breakfast and time of encounter and family fun at Townhill Park Community Centre every 5 or 6 weeks. Contact us for more details.

Every 2nd Sunday we gather for teaching on zoom at 6pm. Contact us for the link.

Every 4th Sunday we meet at St Albans at 6pm for a time of worship, testimony and ‘togetherness’. 

The remaining Sunday slots are left open and allow space for God to move; this time is used to connect and pray together, be missional, practice hospitality with one another and with those beyond the church.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.



Bev Webb

Bev is wife to Clive, mum to Nick and Charlie and devoted new Nanna to Knox. She is passionate to see City Life increasingly become the multigenerational, multicultural, and supernatural church of her dreams! She loves to see God healing broken hearts and restoring lives and is very involved in facilitating transformational ‘Healing Prayer,’ with those inside and outside the church. She is also a lover of all things creative!

Paul Woodman

Paul is married to Susannah and they have two grown up children. They provide a foster home and live near Oasis Academy Mayfield in Sholing. Paul serves as chaplain to the Rose Road Association and the Oasis Academies in Southampton. He also oversees our work with foster carers, refugees and the homeless. He has co-founded the Southampton Street Support Action Group focussed on tackling rough sleeping. He is a long-suffering Southampton Football Club season ticket holder. Follow pauldwoodman on twitter and instagram

Key contacts

Dan Pooley

Dan loves seeing the church active and engaged with society; building positive, supportive community that is inclusive and transformational; restoring hope, dignity and purpose to people; bringing lasting change through collaborative, creative solutions; and seeing healing and the miraculous power of God’s love at work. Dan has a heart for India and regularly takes a team there working with several projects and churches in a variety of locations. He’s also a big fan of coffee and enjoys food, a good wine and a single malt. Dan lives locally with his wife, Mel, and their two children, Bethea and Joha.

Nicky Porter

Nicky came to Southampton on a gap year in 1992 and loved the people and values of City Life Church so much, she’s been here ever since! She’s a foodie and likes to combine her love of people and food wherever possible. She’s passionate about seeing people recover their God given identity and find a place of belonging in God’s family. She loves relaxing in the sun, or watching an action film.


The charity has an active and skilled board of trustees.

They are: Dave Barclay (Chair), Phil Bishop, Joe Lambert, Becky Maclean, Megan Pitt, Rossie Rowland, Bev Webb and Paul Woodman.