As a denomination, Elim is a movement of Pentecostal churches working in the United Kingdom, Ireland and over 40 nations around the world.
Elim was founded in 1915 by George Jeffreys, a young Christian from Maesteg in South Wales. Jeffreys and a group of friends, known as the Elim Evangelistic Band, preached, started churches and witnessed a move of God that was characterised by miraculous healings and an explosion in the number of people becoming Christians. The founders wanted the name of their new Movement to express their vision and values, and so chose ‘Elim’, the name of an oasis in the Bible that the people of Israel discovered as they wandered through the desert. It provided shade and refreshment to all who encountered it (more detailed information on the birth of Elim can be found here).
Elim Pentecostal Church in Huddersfield was first established in 1931 when Jeffreys visited the town with a message of salvation and a demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s presence.