Our Leadership Team

Grace Church is lead by a team of Elders who are supported by site based leadership teams.

Our Eldership team and Darren, our Operations Manager, oversee all the activities of the church and all of the Sunday meetings. Whereas our site leadership teams are focused more on leading the individual Sunday sites and these may therefore be the people you meet first when you visit. To find out about our site teams please look at our separate meeting locations pages.

Our Eldership team is:

David Thompson

David is our lead Elder and leads the leadership team of Grace Church. He has been an Elder of Grace Church since 2010 having moved from Winchester during that year. In total, David has been in church leadership for well over a decade and left a career in engineering to focus full time on church leadership in 2006.

He is married to Ali and they have two grown up children. Ali works part time for Chichester District Council, is the Counselling Manager for Pregnancy Options Centre, and co-leads our Freedom in Christ course.

Chris Kimbangi

Chris is married to Catherine. Chris joined our Eldership team in 2014 and is also part of our Chichester site team. Chris and Catherine were both teachers in local schools although in September 2015 Chris left teaching to work full time for Grace Church.

Catherine is the Centre Manager for Pregnancy Options Centre in Chichester and is our church safeguarding co-ordinator. Together they lead Energise, our youth ministry at Grace Church. Chris and Catherine have 2 young children.

Thomas Bishop

Thomas Bishop

Thomas is married to Kathryn and they have four young daughters. Thomas joined our Eldership team in 2014 and is also part of our Bognor Regis site team. Thomas and Kathryn oversee our welcome / visitors teams. Thomas works full time running his own company.

Kathryn leads our Little Bears Toddler group in Bognor Regis, is one of our Trustees and one of our Deputy Safeguarding co-ordinators.

Simpson Charlton

Simpson Charlton

Simpson is married to Mel and they have four daughters and a son. Simpson joined our Eldership team in 2017 and oversees worship in all our sites. Simpson works full time running his own decorating and cleaning company.

Joe Leach

Joe Leach

Joe is married to Liz and they have two young sons. Joe is our youngest Elder and joined the team in 2017. Joe is also part of our Chichester site team and leads our Havant Life Group.

Staff Members

Our Eldership team is supported by two staff members who are based in our office during the week.

Darren Forsdyke

Darren Forsdyke

Darren is our Operations Manager and manages everything to do with our administration, finance and practical running as a church and charity!

Darren is married to Lois and they have two grown up children. Darren and Lois also co-lead our Freedom in Christ course.

Nettie Stathers

Nettie Stathers

Nettie is our Admin Assistant and will generally be the first person you will see or hear if you phone or visit the office.

Nettie is married to Tobi and they are both very talented musicians and worship leaders.

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