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 Pastors at Rugby Elim are 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.
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.
Rev. Sam Banfield
Sam is a passionate Welshman, loving rugby and his hometown football team Cardiff City. However, his greatest passion is to see lives changed and transformed, whether young or old, for Jesus' sake.
Married to Lydia, they are delighted to have become parents to Joseph Micah in April 2017.
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 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 is married to Ruth and they have two children, Tommy and Isla.
Kevin is married to Steph and they have two sons, James and Luke.
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 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.