Steve and Lyn Burnhope moved to Aylesbury to join the Vineyard Church in the summer of 2012. They became Associate Pastors in early 2013 and succeeded the founders, Mick and Lynn Elias, when they retired in September 2013.

Steve and Lyn Burnhope

As Senior Pastors, Steve and Lyn lead the pastoral team and between them oversee the main ministry areas. They play the principal role in setting the vision and direction for the Church.

Steve and Lyn both became Christians when they were teenagers. Over the years, they’ve served in a variety of roles helping to lead and build churches, including worship, teaching and children’s work. 

Lyn studied at the London School of Theology for a Bachelor of Theology Degree and then a Masters Degree. She’s a qualified Religious Education teacher, who’s worked in local secondary schools. Lyn loves spending time with family and friends, swimming and playing the piano.    

Steve also has a Masters Degree from the London School of Theology and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Theology at King’s College London. He has a business background in the City of London. Outside of family and Church, Steve’s main passion is rugby union, especially his beloved Harlequins.


Andy and Valerie Gilbert

Andy and Valerie Gilbert

Luke and Rachel Martin

Luke and Rachel Martin

The pastoral leadership team includes Assistant Pastors (Andy and Valerie Gilbert) and Young Adults & Youth Pastors (Luke and Rachel Martin).

For details of the rest of the Church staff, please see our events magazine, Vineyard Life.