People for Christ

York Evangelical Church


YEC is a family church with people of all ages and backgrounds. We have a vibrant student and youth programme, and co-operate with other like-minded churches and organisations across the city.

Although an independent baptist church, we are affiliated to the FIEC and Affinity, and are part of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership. We run an occasional training workshop on a monthly basis called ‘Bible Workshop’, which equips people to better understand and teach the Bible.

As a church, we want to tell those around us about the good news of Jesus. We own 60 South Bank Avenue which we use as church offices, flats and a community space. We hope and pray that the events and activities we run will provide an opportunity for us to meet the needs of the people of South Bank.

As a church, we are committed to supporting and caring for the York community , and our members are involved with a range of programmes such as The Besom in YorkRestore York, Family Matters, Friends International in York, Young Life and YoYo.

York Evangelical Church is a registered charity, number 1170144.

Mark Troughton

Full-time elder. Mark grew up in Kew, West London in the ’60s and was converted in his 20s while studying Modern Languages at Exeter University. Having taught French, English and Italian for 10 years, he retrained for church ministry over a 4 year period under Ray Evans at Grace Community Church, Bedford. Married to Jane in 1987 and with their first daughter, Rebekah, the Troughtons went via Grace Baptist Mission to Switzerland in 1994, where Mark worked with the Lausanne and Martigny Baptist churches as elder, trainer and Bible teacher until 2003. Mark and the family were called to York Evangelical Church in February 2004. Their children are: Rebekah, Eleanor, Tom, Beatrice, Charlotte and Phoebe.

Neil Hulse

Part-time pastoral assistant and student worker. Neil is an architect by trade, and first came to York in 2005. He joined the leadership team a couple of years later. He is currently employed part-time by the church and spends the time visiting church members and running Bible studies and other courses for students. In his spare time Neil enjoys squash, running and being a Dad!

Gordon Frame

Along with his wife, Janet, Gordon has been a member here at YEC for the past 25 years. He has two children, Rob and Hannah, who serve God in Newcastle. Other than Christ, church and family, Gordon’s passions are Bob Dylan, Newcastle Utd and Shakespearean tragedy.

Colin Runciman

Colin became a Christian in his early teens. He came to York as a university student in the 1970s. With his wife Jenny he has been part of YEC since it began in 1982. They have four grown-up children. Colin and Jenny live in the village of Tollerton, and host the most northerly YEC home-group! As one of the YEC elders Colin occasionally leads or speaks at Sunday meetings.

Nathaniel Elcock

Nathaniel grew up in the South, but moved to York when he became a student. He has been going to YEC for over ten years, and has always felt very at home in the church. He is an interpreter and translator, and also teaches part-time at the University. His particular area of responsibility in the church is publicity and design.

Alastair Jakeman

Alastair became a Christian in 1982 just before starting university in York and found a home at YEC, which is like an extended family to him. He is married to Faith and has three teenage children. Alastair organises things like setting up the school hall which we use, and oversees child protection issues. He enjoys running and loves listening to music (current favourites include Arcade Fire and Gillian Welch)!

Pete Stevens

Pete came to York as a student and is still here 11 years on. He lives in York with his wife Rachel and works in the centre of York as an electronics design engineer in the rail industry. Pete and Rachel love being part of YEC, a church where people love God and his Word, and a church where people care for one another and those further afield. Pete’s main responsibility is treasurer for the church.

David Dowling