The Leaders

Gary Smith married to Lesley and Pastor of Vale Village Church. He’s a Minister with Elim and part of the wider pastoral team of Cardiff City Church. His role is bi-vocational as he is the Director of Message Wales, part of the Message Trust.
Gary oversees the work of Ignite that has projects in India and Liberia and 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 and proudly supports Wales in the 6 nations with his children Beci & Ben. Gary enjoys travel, reading, music and great movies. He’s not very good at golf but is still determined to find more time to play!

Lesley Smith heads up the women’s ministry, preaches and teaches at Vale Village Church and works for Care for the Family. Welsh born and bred, she’s an avid reader, a fan of Seinfeld and does all the DIY in the Smith household.