The Eldership Team are responsible for the leadership, oversight and pastoral shepherding of the church. We believe in the plurality of local church leadership, with the responsibility shared in a small team and with one leader taking the senior role, known as the Lead Elder.
Our Eldership Team are:
Simon worked in the marketing industry before moving to Salisbury in 2003 as part of the initial church planting team. He has led the church as Lead Elder at Grace Church since 2010 and is responsible for the vision and the direction of the church, as well as carrying out much of the preaching.
Simon has a passion to see strong, healthy, growing churches established. He’s married to Sam, has three children, and enjoys most sports, especially football and tennis. He also enjoys a good curry!
Joe preaches regularly and teaches on Alpha, which is a course for people who are exploring Christianity. Joe is a keen musician and leads the worship team, regularly playing in the band at our Sunday services. Joe is employed as a research scientist. He is married to Rosie and they have three daughters.
Simon has been part of Grace Church since 2009. He is married to Claire and they have three children. He moved with his family from west London to take up a job at the hospital. He leads one of the worship bands and enjoys squash, cycling, music and good food.
David started his career as a Civil Engineer and was Head of Water Engineering for a large international consultancy before changing to church leadership in 2001 at Welcome Church in Woking. David was part of the eldership there before joining us in January 2020. David's role is Head of Pastoral Care, responsible for our in depth support, Community Groups, discipleship and Social Action.
He is married to Tina who is a Deputy Head in a complex needs school for those with severe educational needs. They have been married for over 30 years and have two adult daughters.
They both love the outdoors and as an ex-rugby player David loves rugby, sadly from an armchair these days!
The Leadership Team is also supported by our Trustees, who include:
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.