Meet the Grace Church Leaders.
At present, the three Grace Church Elders work with the Groundlevel Team who oversee 110 Churches in UK. We are very happy to subscribe to the principle underlying the Groundlevel Philosophy of ‘partnership without ownership’
Dr. John Birch leads the team as ‘primus inter pares’ (first among equals) and his gifting is within pastoral and shepherding aspects of care but is not comfortable with the title and office of Pastor. We believe that gifting is a ministry rather than an Office as such. John has a vision for rural ministry including a desire to reach youth through relationship
Throughout his adult life, John has balanced a senior role in The Health Service with pastoral responsibility in Church life. He is not opposed to paid leadership in Church but prefers a voluntary model which allows the Church to support missionary work at home and abroad more strategically by re-chanelling finances. There is however, a recognition that Scripture does teach financial support of elders and in this day and age, is a necessary process of shepherding the Church
During his student life at Edinburgh he was privileged to include academic work in Biblical Studies, and has enjoyed learning in Edinburgh, Durham and Newcastle Universities. By profession he is a registered nurse and left the Health Service in 1994 as Executive Director of North Lincolnshire Health Authority. He is married to Bridget who is a key part of the work in her own right and gives hospitality to many.
John has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Honour List of 1986.
John and Bridget have 12 grandchildren, one having already been taken into His presence, and eleven alive and kicking!
Jim Dunn serves on a leadership team as an elder. Jim’s gifting and vision is to preach and teach the Word of God in ways that draw attention to, and focus interest upon, its life changing power. He conducts Life Change workshops and key issue seminars and brings regular Bible teaching on important life related topics.
His background is in Engineering and Behavioural Psychology. He is an associate of the Royal College of Science and Technology and a graduate of Glasgow University. Following a lengthy career in the UK Steel Industry he now consults with Businesses, Educational establishments, local Communities and Churches here and in Europe and works with individuals and groups to bring positive change through the application of Christian principles. He is the author of several books.
Jim’s wife, Barbara is a vital part of the work in the Church at Scotter. She is employed by North Lincolnshire Council and works within the Library Service. Her capacity to source and research information on key topics together with her IT skills enable her to bring a blend of much needed help, support and encouragement to the team.
Joseph Wandera serves on the team as an Elder with gifts in pastoral and teaching ministries. He is a graduate of Mattersey Bible College and holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Management. He is presently undertaking a doctoral research study in contemporary challenges to new church plant leadership. Joseph joined the team in 2010.
Joseph’s wife Hellen is a vital help and support in the church and they have 4 children.
As leaders we work very closely with Christians from the other Churches in the Village of Scotter .
- Mr. Jonathan Billingham
- Dr. John Birch.
- Mr. Darel Georgiou.