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.

Our Elders

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SHIRENE AGBELUSI

Shirene is married to Sope and has two children Isaiah and Aniah. They started attending Elim in 2004 and made it their home church ever since.

Shirene serves alongside Sope leading a life group for married couples, She also enjoys leading the women's ministry in church as well as the hospitality team on a Sunday. 

She is passionate about seeing people meet their full potential and works in a local primary school supporting families with complex needs.

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BEVERLEY SAMWAYS

Beverley Samways works for the RNIB and currently leads a team that supports a number of teenagers with complex needs. 

Bev joined Elim Coventry fourteen years ago, and she is responsible for coordinating and developing prayer within the church community.

She loves working with young people and helping others connect with God through prayer.

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JEREMY HOBDAY

Jeremy Hobday has been a teacher of Physics for nearly 27 years and has served on the leadership at Elim Coventry in various roles for over two decades.

Jeremy is still young at heart, still working with the young people at Church and trying to play football with the Church football team.

He is married to Sharon with three grown up children and two grand-children. Jeremy certainly feels blessed!

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GARETH HUTCHINSON

Gaz is a worship leader, songwriter and session musician. He is passionate about the expression of music and how it can be used to draw people into God's presence.

Alongside leading the worship team, Gaz also heads up our media and creative teams. 

Gaz is married to Jacqui and they have 2 kids. 

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IAN WATKIN

Ian is married to Anne and has two children, Paul and Kathryn. Ian started attending Elim Coventry in 1996, and after settling in, he became involved in children’s work, youth work and the Alpha course.

Prayer has been at the heart of Ian’s ministry and calling, serving the Lord and his people at Elim. He is a mechanical engineer by profession and has worked for his present company for 22 years

 

Our Pastors

Twitter: @PastorDunc

Twitter: @PastorDunc

REV DUNCAN CLARK

Senior Pastor

Duncan started his ministry as Youth Pastor here at Coventry Elim back in 1997. In March 2005, he was invited to be the church's Senior Pastor.

He’s married to Helen and has four great kids.

Duncan loves running marathons, watching West Ham United, and reading books.

Duncan is also a member of Elim's National Leadership team.

Twitter: @RevSean1966

Twitter: @RevSean1966

REV SEAN CHARLESWORTH

Associate Pastor

Sean comes from Norwich, where he met and married Julia. After completing his degree in Applied Theology, he was pastor at Preston Elim Church for nearly nine years.

He is a professional counsellor/supervisor and has specific responsibility for Life Groups and pastoral care within the church. 

In his spare time, Sean loves running, reading, and people watching

Twitter: @RyanI88

Twitter: @RyanI88

RYAN IRELAND

Youth Pastor

Ryan is a Minister in Training with the Elim Pentecostal Church.

Ryan’s three passions in life are Jesus, sport and food. He is married to Amy and they have a daughter, Isabelle

Ryan became a Christian in the party resort of Ayia Napa, and his heart for young people comes from his unchurched background. He longs to see the young people of this generation take up a baton of faith right where they are at to effect change in their own community.


Our Staff

emma@elim-coventry.org.uk

emma@elim-coventry.org.uk

EMMA BACON

KIDS WORKER

Emma loves singing and sunsets.

Emma completed a 3 year diploma in childcare and education before studying at Nexus ICA for 2 years and just recently joining the church staff team.  She has a real heart for all kids especially those with additional needs.

Her passion is to see kids grow in their Christlike identity and authority, growing in boldness and confidence bringing God's kingdom to their world.  

tracy@elim-coventry.org.uk

tracy@elim-coventry.org.uk

TRACY TROIOLO

ADMINISTRATOR

Tracy is married to Roberto and they have 3 children. 

She loves travelling with her family, cooking and building!

Tracy became a Christian through an Alpha course and is passionate about being used by God to build His Kingdom.  

gaz@elim-coventry.org.uk

gaz@elim-coventry.org.uk

GARETH HUTCHINSON

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Gaz is a worship leader, songwriter and session musician. He is passionate about the expression of music and how it can be used to draw people into God's presence.

Alongside leading the worship team, Gaz also heads up our media and creative teams. 

Gaz is married to Jacqui and they have 2 kids. 

 

 

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ZARAH GHAVAM

HOUSEKEEPING

Zarah is married to Davood and they have 2 children, Pourya and Parima.

She loves making new friends, cooking and taking care of plants!

She joined Elim 13 years ago and her gift is serving one another humbly in love.

karissa@elim-coventry.org.uk

karissa@elim-coventry.org.uk

KARISSA COLEY 

PASTORS PA

Karissa is married to Sam, is passionate about social justice, and enjoys reading, drinking tea, and photography.

As PA to the Pastoral Team, she supports the team by undertaking a variety of administrative tasks. Karissa also works for Embrace, one of Coventry Elim’s mission hubs. Embrace works with women involved in prostitution in Coventry.