Meet the Leaders

Gary is the Pastor of Vale Village Church. He is a Minister with Elim and part of the wider pastoral team of Cardiff City Temple. His role is bi-vocational as he is the Director of Message Wales, part of the Message Trust. He also oversees the work of Ignite that has projects in India, Liberia. He is also responsible for the award winning Cardiff Street Pastor scheme that deploys trained Christians to work on the streets of the city centre every Friday and Saturday night.

Although originally from Leeds he is an adopted Welsh man & he proudly supports Wales in the 6 nations with his children Beci & Ben. Gary enjoys travel, reading, music and great movies. He is not very good at golf but is still determined to find more time to play!

  • Gary Smith

    Gary is the Pastor of Vale Village Church. He is a Minister in Training with Elim and part of the wider pastoral team of Cardiff City Temple. His role is bi-vocational as he is the CEO of Ignite, a youth ministry based in Dinas Powys that works not only in Wales but also India, Liberia & a number of other countries in Africa. Ignite are also responsible for the award winning Cardiff Street Pastor scheme that deploys trained Christians to work on the streets of the city centre every Friday and Saturday night.

    Although originally from Leeds he is an adopted Welsh man & he proudly supports Wales in the 6 nations with his children Beci & Ben. Gary enjoys travel, reading, music and great movies. He is not very good at golf but is still determined to find more time to play!

  • Lesley Smith

    10604475_10153065477748761_7736455047401891542_oLesley is the manager of Care For The Family Charity Shop in Cardiff. The shop    raises money for a variety of initiatives for the charity. In addition to supporting Gary, occasional preaching and teaching, she heads up the women’s ministry in the church – SHINE.

    Welsh born and bred, Lesley is a keen gardener, a fan of Seinfeld and does all the DIY in the Smith household!

    Gary and Lesley both live in Wenvoe.

    Gary and Lesley work with the support of the pastoral team and elders of Cardiff City Temple Church.