As an independent church, the members are responsible for appointing their own Elders, Deacons and staff. Below are a few details about the Elders and staff so you can find out a bit about them.
David Skull - Pastor
David studied civil engineering at university and worked in the water industry. He served as a UCCF Staff Worker before training for ministry at Oak Hill College and has been at Grace Church Guildford ever since. He serves alongside the other elders as pastor of the church. Married to Naomi, they have four young children.
Mike Parsons - Children & Youth Work
Mike was born & raised in Guildford and worked in engineering for several years before becoming involved in sound recording and broadcasting. He then worked for a Christian radio organisation for 14 years before returning to GCG in 2002. Mike had worked with children and young people for quite a few years as an ordinary church member before taking up this role. He also visits a number of local primary schools to take assemblies. Mike became a Christian at the age of 14 as a result of the church's youth work, a couple of summer camps and his brother's conversion story. He is married to Carolyn and they have two grown up children.
Jamie Southcombe - Pastor-in-training
Jamie worked as an accountant for several years in Surrey before training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and spending some time at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. Jamie is married to Gracie and they have four children. He has developed a love for good coffee, enjoys playing any sport with a ball, and supports Liverpool FC.
Lois Newcombe - Youth Work & Students
Lois moved to Guildford in 2007 as a student, to study Psychology at the University of Surrey. Having been made to feel so welcome on her first Sunday at GCG she decided to stay and has been attending the church, for the most part, ever since. After leaving university Lois spent a year with UCCF in Brighton, following this she returned to Guildford for a further year of study at the University and then went on to work for the Probation Service and Youth Offending Service. Lois now works with the students and teenagers at the church.
Louise Savage - Administrator
Tony Rummery - Administrator
Tony came to faith in Christ while a modern languages student at the University of Surrey in 1980. After retiring from a career in IT in 2016, Tony now works as one of the church administrators. Tony is married to Sue, has a grown up son, and enjoys swimming and cycling and is a member of a local camera club.
Louise moved to Guildford at the age of 6 and has been worshipping at GCG ever since. She is married to Chris and they have 3 teenage children. Louise became a Christian at the age of 15, whilst attending a church youth holiday. After A Levels, she went straight into work at Lloyds Bank, where she spent the next 15 years. After the birth of her first son, she went part-time, before finally leaving to look after the children. Louise has also worked as a Pre-School Teacher and a Teaching Assistant in a primary school . In 2015, Louise joined the team at GCG as the Finance Administrator.
Matt Beaumont - Intern
Matt first moved to Guildford in 2014 to study economics at the University of Surrey. The care he received in his first weeks as a student (as well as the great food!) encouraged him to attend GCG throughout his time at university. Now graduated, Matt is getting experience in various ministries as an intern- from student work to moving chairs!
Hugh Griffin - Elder
Hugh spent part of his teenage years in India and at 16 started a spiritual quest. He tried Buddhist meditation and reading philosophy. While reading "Mere Christianity" by CS Lewis, Hugh came to realize Christianity was intellectually credible and began reading the Bible. It was the love of God shown through Jesus death in the place of sinners that won his heart when he was 18. He is married to Rebecca with one daughter; works in IT Security and enjoys drumming and meeting people from other cultures.
Rosie Wood - Intern
‘Rosie moved to Guildford in 2014 as a student to study Biomedical Science at the University of Surrey. After being encouraged to look into the Bible more in her first year and being struck by the words in it, Rosie made the decision to be baptised and live in a daily relationship with the Lord. Alongside her studies, Rosie spent a lot of her time at university helping with outreach at the Christian Union and playing hockey with fellow students.’.
Adrian Creedy - Elder
Adrian first came to GCG as a student at the College of Law in 1985. He had not been brought up to go to church but it was at university that he first heard and then accepted the truth of the gospel. "The Christian Union introduced me to the real Jesus Christ and I realised that the Bible described the world and everyone in it (including myself) with complete accuracy. This was compelling truth which just could not be ignored". While in Guildford he accepted that full obedience to that gospel required baptism and involvement in a local church. After living in London, getting married to Sarah and being involved in a small inner city church for some years he moved back to Guildford in 1995. Since then he has been a commuter to London for his job in financial services.Text here
Rob Clarke - Elder
Rob was raised in a Christian family and cannot recall a time that he did not know that Jesus loves him and died for him. It was during his late teens that he came to realise that being a Christian is more than a label - that it radically changes who we are living for - and he publicly declared his faith by being baptised. Since then he has been following Jesus as best he can. Married with two children he has worked as an IT consultant, then as administrator for Christian Conventions. He is currently the administrator for the Christian newspaper, Evangelicals Now. Prior to serving as an elder, Rob was part of the deacons team looking after the fabric of the church building which didn't involve nearly as much curtain and cushion choosing as he had feared it might!
Klaus Green - Elder
Klaus works as a GP, is married to Suzie and they have 3 children aged 15 to 20. On the eldership Klaus has particular responsibility for Fellowship groups.
What happened to John Benton?
At the beginning of January 2017 John stood down as pastor of GCG and the church set him apart for a new role with the Pastors' Academy (part of London Seminary). He is now involved in the pastoral support of church ministers and pastors. Garry Williams, director of the Academy, said: ‘As I meet with pastors on our Study Projects to help them with their theological work, I am struck by how often our conversation turns to the ups and downs of ministry. Many are thriving, but my sense is that more are struggling. A significant minority are in serious difficulty and on the brink of leaving the ministry.’ John and his wife, Ann, continue to be called upon to speak at various conferences and churches and are still very much part of the church family.
Naresh Mistry - Elder
Naresh was born in Uganda, East Africa and came to England when he was 7. He was brought up in a Hindu family and at the age of 10 came to hear the amazing stories of Jesus and His great claims. Naresh realised he could never be made right with God by living a 'good' life but needed to accept Jesus' death on the cross as the only means for this. At the age of 11 he came to this point and so became a Christian. He works in IT and is married with 4 children.
Simon Brennan - Elder
Simon was brought up in Northern Ireland. He then studied Spanish and French at Trinity College, Dublin, where he met his wife, Mary-Rose. They got married a few months after graduation and then went to Spain for three years to teach English in a Christian-run language school. Returning to the UK in 1986 they settled in the Guildford area where they both began teaching in local schools. 24 years later they're still teaching in local schools but now also have four grown up sons.