From 2015, Karen (Kaz) Gratton was the Lead Pastor of Alive Church, Prestatyn, joining after taking time out from previous church leadership to have children. Kaz had previously served for 12 years in a large inner-city church as a Youth Pastor and then Associate Pastor.
Married, with two children, Kaz’s interests and pastimes include reading and eating lots of chocolate!
From September 2019 Kaz and her family began a move to the Derby area to follow God’s call on their lives there.
As a church plant from Festival Church, in October 2019 a group began to meet together in Derby. The vision was to be established in the community by April 2020, unaware like the rest of the world, that there was a pandemic just months away! So, in March 2020 as everything closed we became an online church with people connecting with us from across the UK. We launched Speed Church in February 2021 on Facebook as a way of connecting with the community we wanted to be in. Finally, in May 2021 we began gathering physically.
The story in Derby has only just begun but we are excited about the journey and all that it may entail.