David & Alison Flowers are both from Leeds and live in Meanwood, about 15 minutes walk from Vineyard House.
Alison is an artist and an exhibiting Member of Leeds Fine Artists. She is passionate that people should know that they are accepted and loved - that it is OK for you to be you.
David is a director of a small financial planning firm in Leeds. He rarely turns down the offer of a ticket to watch a sporting event (especially rugby, cricket or football) or share a curry. A perfect day off involves a long walk and a good book. David is devoted to teaching people a bible-inspired way to live as followers of Jesus.
Together, David & Alison lead and pastor this community of faith. They are both paid a part-time salary to do so. They have two adult sons who live in Ramsgate (Josh) and Brixton (Sam).
David grew up in a missionary family serving in Bangladesh but returned to Leeds for secondary education. He went on to study Theology at Durham University and has worked in financial services ever since graduating. Alison grew up in Leeds and then went to Bishop Lonsdale College (Nottingham University) to qualify as a primary school teacher. She taught at Alwoodley Primary School and then worked with David in his business - but she is an artist by nature and has a studio in Meanwood.
David & Alison moved to London to join the first Vineyard planted in the UK in 1987. They were part of the SW London Vineyard until 1997 when they moved back to Leeds with their two sons, Josh and Sam. They planted Leeds Vineyard (originally known as Wharfedale Vineyard) as a family - you can read more about the history of Leeds Vineyard here.
They are Area Leaders for the Vineyard, looking after the Vineyard churches across the North East and Yorkshire. Under their leadership Leeds Vineyard has planted four other churches (Harrogate, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Bradford).