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 was a civil engineer before working as a Universities & Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) staff worker. He then went on to do theological study at Oak Hill College in North London. He has been at GCG since 2008 and is involved with the preaching & teaching ministry. He is also involved in the church's student work as well as a number of other areas of ministry. David is married to Naomi and they have 4 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
Caroline Trenchard - Administrator
Caroline started worshiping at GCG in 2009. She is married to Russ and they have 2 children aged 9 and 6. Caroline became a Christian aged 17, following some life-challenging conversations with Christian friends, whilst she was studying for her A-levels. She went on to study at Nottingham University and worked in Human Resources before leaving work to have a family. In 2014 Caroline started work at GCG as the Church Administrator. She also enjoys working with younger children in the Sunday School.
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.
Rocco Dalia - Intern
Rocco and his wife Mady are from Italy. After two years of pastoring an evangelical church they moved to the UK with a view to doing some theological study. They want to be involved in pastoral work, potentially back in Italy. As an intern, Rocco is getting experience in various aspects of full-time Christian ministry and church life. He is also Centre Team Leader of the local Friends International - an outreach to international students studying in the UK.
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.
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 will continue his work as editor of Evangelicals Now and he and his wife, Ann, 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.