Leadership: Elders and staff
Day-to-day leadership of Immanuel is exercised by the church’s Elders. Our current team consists of Andrew Grey and Gavin Wright (our teaching elders or ministers), plus James Green, Mark Smithers and Will Trump (elected by church members to serve as governing elders). Here's some more information...
Revd Andrew Grey
is our minister. Previously he worked on the staff teams of St Peter's Church in Harold Wood and St Helen's Bishopsgate in the City of London. He holds post-graduate degrees from Durham University and Oak Hill Theological College. Andrew is married to Elizabeth. They have three children.
is our Associate Minister. He is a school-teacher by background. Previously he worked for schools in Romford, Hornchurch and Lebanon. Gavin trained as a preacher at the Proclamation Trust's Cornhill Training Course and studies part-time at Oak Hill Theological College. He is married to Jessica. They have two young children.
is married to Annette. They have three grown-up children and one grandchild. James is a clinical scientist. He is currently studying part-time on the Cornhill Training Course.
is married to Charlotte, and father to their two daughters. Having trained as a chef, he now works locally in education.
is married to Natalie. They have two young children. He grew up in Belgium in a missionary family. He works in the insurance industry.
Hilary Khoo and Charlotte Smithers are employed part-time as Women’s Workers, helping to disciple the women in our church. Hilary is married to David, with three adult children; she is a professional musician and also oversees our congregational music and singing. Charlotte is married to Mark, with two children; by background she is an occupational therapist.
Administrator and Safeguarding Officer
Ankie Saunders works part-time as our church administrator. She is also our Safeguarding Officer. Ankie is married to Mark. They have one grown-up child. Ankie is a native of Holland.
Trustees and Constitution
Immanuel is a registered charity. We encourage church members to be familiar with our Memorandum and Articles of Association. This document is our church constitution, setting out both the church's theological foundation and structure of government.
Legal and financial oversight of Immanuel rests with the trustees of the church. This group consists of our elders (see above) plus several others elected from among the members of the church. Currently they are: Lauren Fenn, Denis Parsons (who is also our church treasurer), and Simeon Seamer.
Council of Reference
The Elders and congregation are additionally served by a Council of Reference. This consists of several senior ministers from other local churches. They are legally authorised to assist in the government of the church, as well as being available for informal counsel. Importantly, the Council of Reference helps ensure that Immanuel - whilst not being part of a formal denomination - is not a wholly independent church.
Currently the Council is chaired by Revd Rob Hudson, vicar of St Peter's Church in Harold Wood. Its other members are Revd David Banting (Christ Church Fulwood, and an assistant to the Bishop of Maidstone), Revd William Taylor (St Helen's Bishopsgate), and Revd Mike Walton (Chadwell St Mary).