Sam is married to Leanna and they have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. Sam joined the Grace Church staff team in October 2016. They have been in full-time ministry since 2005, both in England and as missionaries in Lesotho, Africa, for 6 years. They miss Land Rovers and dry weather, but Sam loves teaching the bible wherever he is, so is thrilled to be serving God in Worcester Park.
James has been the Senior Elder at Grace Church since it was planted in 2009 and he also leads the music team. He has taught English in Japan and Chile, worked as a charity fundraiser and is currently Commercial Director for a publishing company. He is married to Alexa and they have two children. He enjoys football and cycling, listening to and playing music, and secretly, he’s very pleased that his son is finally old enough to give him an excuse to play with Lego!
Martin is one of the elders at Grace Church and is married to Claire, our church administrator. They have two children and Martin is part of the team that overseas our dads and toddlers group - Men Behaving Dadly. Martin works as a computer programmer and in his spare time loves cycling and supporting Arsenal FC.
Chris is married to Lizby and they have four sons, James, Sam, Tim and Matthew. Chris and Lizby have been part of Grace Church since it was planted in 2009. Chris works as a solicitor in London. He enjoys sport and curry and hopes to become England football manager.
Carl is married to Lizzie and they live in north Sutton with their two children, Benjamin and Abigail. He is a writer and editor at The Good Book Company, a Christian publisher, and in the fleeting moments of his life that are known as spare time, he enjoys watching most sports, and occasionally attempting to play them. Carl’s greatest claim to fame is that he has been banned from the Twickenham press box. His favourite Bible verse is Romans 12:1, since that was the one that, when he was 19, God used to call him to start following Jesus as his Lord.
Matthew is married to Becky and they have three children; Katharine, Caleb and Emma. Matthew is part of the team that oversees our men’s ministry. He works as a charity Finance Director and in his spare time enjoys gardening and trying to run along the Thames embankment without being overtaken too many times!
Rick & Esther Raja
Youth and Children’s Worker & Trainee Minister
Rick became a Christian in 2007 from a Hindu family. He is passionate about preaching God’s Word and making Jesus known to those who don’t know him yet. He is currently in his second year of theological college and is part of the team responsible for overseeing men’s ministry at Grace Church. He works part time as a doctor and in his spare time enjoys swimming, cycling and running.
Esther worked as a teacher for a number of years before following a call to work at a youth centre in Mekelle, Ethiopia where she served for three years. She returned to Worcester Park in 2013 and now oversees our growing youth and children’s work. She loves sport and has coached several successful basketball teams. Rick and Esther married in 2015.
Claire is married to Martin and works full time as a mother to Emily and Isabel. Before having children, she worked for UCCF sharing the Christian message with students across London and then worked as Office Manager for Friends International. She works part time for the church as an administrator and also does a similar role for another charity. In her theoretical spare time she enjoys movies, detective fiction and sleeping!