Meet Our Team

The church leadership is made up of our elders and pastors who oversee the vision and direction of our community. They are supported by a fantastic team of full and part-time staff, who look after a number of our key departments within the church.



The Pastor at Rugby Elim is responsible for leading the church community.  They set the pace in terms of the church's culture, vision and mission by preaching and leading Sunday services, as well as overseeing the many departments within the church.


Senior Pastor

Rev. Simon Whitley

Simon is married to Lisa and has two children Myles and Edith.  Before leading the Elim church in Rugby, Simon was one of the Associate Ministers of the Elim Church in Coventry for eight years.  Simon is passionate about Jesus and helping others encounter his presence and extend his Kingdom.  

In his spare time Simon loves getting out on his road bike, drinking coffee and anything Formula 1 related. Married to Lisa, much of their spare time is spent recreating the TV programme ‘The Good Life” growing their own and dreaming of one day leaving the town smog for the country.



The Elders in Rugby Elim share responsibility with the Pastors to guide, guard and govern within the church. In partnership with the Pastors, they provide leadership within the local church community.


Simon Bowers

Simon is married to Steph and they have two daughters, Hannah and Abigail.


George De Veer

George is married to Lucretia, and they have two teenage children, Isabel and Matthias.


Richard Jelley

Richard is married to Ruth and they have two children, Tommy and Isla.


Kevin Kirkland

Kevin is married to Steph and they have two sons, James and Luke.

The Staff

The Staff at Rugby Elim oversee certain areas within the church.  From administration and event management  to children's work and worship, the staff play an essential role in our church community.


Ruth Jelley

Ruth is the Senior Pastor's PA,
Events Organiser and the Senior Administrator. Ruth is married to Richard and they have two children, Tommy and Isla.


Additional Office Staff

Rugby Elim employs a number of additional staff to facilitate the church's administration, finance and facility management.