Leadership and Staff

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The leadership team and staff would love to meet you and chat about any questions you might have.

You can usually catch them on Sundays after the service, or contact the office (see our Contact page) if you would like someone to get in touch. The Church is led by a team of 7 elders who serve the church together with the staff team.

Elders

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 ever since. Married to Naomi, they have four young children. He loves spending time with his family, supporting Liverpool F.C. and buying books (though possibly not finishing them).

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Jamie Southcombe
Pastor

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 D.C..  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 also supports Liverpool F.C.

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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. Married to Rebecca with one daughter, Hugh works in IT Security and enjoys drumming and meeting people from other cultures.

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Adrian Creedy
Elder

At university Adrian first heard and then accepted the truth of the gospel.  He realised that the Bible described the world and everyone in it (including himself) with complete accuracy. Adrian first came to Grace Church as a student at the College of Law in 1985. Whilst in Guildford he was baptised and understood the importance of being involved in a local church. Adrian is married to Sarah and they have three grown-up children and one grandchild.

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Rob Clarke
Elder

Raised in a Christian family, Rob cannot recall a time that he did not know that Jesus loves him and died for him. 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. He is currently the administrator for Evangelicals Now (a Christian newspaper), having worked previously in IT consultancy and as an administrator for Christian Conventions. Rob is married to Jo and they have two children.

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Naresh Mistry
Elder

Born in Uganda, Naresh moved to the UK 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. At the age of 11 Naresh realised he could never be made right with God by living a ‘good’ life but rather, he needed to accept Jesus’ death on the cross as the only means for this and so he became a Christian. Naresh moved to Guildford to study at the University of Surrey. He now works in IT and is married to Heidi with 4 grown-up children.

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Klaus Green
Elder

Klaus came to a believing faith in Jesus Christ at a young people’s camp when he was 9 years of age. Through his teenage years he learned that the Christian life is a journey of growing in understanding as we experience more of Gods undeserved love and care. He trained as a GP and works in a surgery in Godalming. Klaus is married to Suzie and they have 3 now adult children. Klaus loves teaching God’s word and on the eldership he has particular responsibility for Fellowship Groups.

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Staff

Mike Parsons
Children & Youth Work

A Guildfordian from birth, Mike grew up in Guildford and has worked in engineering and Christian radio—for Grace Baptist Mission—before taking up this role at Grace Church. 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.

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Lois Newcombe
Youth Work & Students

Lois moved to Guildford in 2007 as a Psychology student at the University of Surrey. Having been made to feel so welcome on her first Sunday at Grace Church she decided to stay and has been involved mostly ever since. Prior to working for the church full-time, Lois spent a year as a UCCF Relay Worker in Brighton, and worked for the Probation Service and Youth Offending Service. Lois loves rugby and serves part-time as a rugby coach at the University of Surrey.

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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.

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Louise Savage
Administrator

Louise moved to Guildford at the age of 6 and 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. She has also worked as a stay-at-home mum, as a pre-school teacher, and as a teaching assistant in a primary school. In 2015, Louise joined the team at GCG as the Finance Administrator. She is married to Chris and they have 3 grown-up children.

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James Baldwin
INtern

James (also known as Baldy) grew up in Crowborough in East Sussex where he attended Forest Fold Baptist Church since he was a baby. After committing his life to Christ at about 13, he gained a deep love for God and His word. During his three years studying Mathematics at the University of Surrey, he attended Grace Church Guildford where he felt well supported and loved serving the church there. His other interests are books, films and video games.

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Liv Prentice
Intern

After growing up in Guildford, Liv moved to Cambridge, where she studied French and Spanish. During this time at Uni, she was greatly blessed by faithful Bible teaching and true Christian fellowship. Her knowledge and love of God grew and she loved serving in the CU. She is now an intern at Grace Church Guildford, where she studies alongside James and serves in different areas of the church. She loves art history, film and cinema as well as hanging out with friends.

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