We believe that the biblical pattern of church leadership is an eldership team led by a team leader.
Currently the Eldership team consists of Mike Irving (lead elder), James Ryburn, Miles Simmonds and Hew Nunn.
Mike and Lynn
Mike and Lynn Irving have lived on the Northern Beaches since 1997, having moved here from Cape Town, South Africa where they had been part of Jubilee Community Church for many years. Mike serves as the Lead Elder of Grace City Church and has a passion to see the church being the light to Australia that Jesus has called us to be. A key part of this is discipling men & women to grow into all the fullness that Jesus has won for them and releasing them to see the Gospel proclaimed in word and deed throughout the nation. Lynn also has a heart to see women grow into all God has for them and is passionate about discipling.
Mike has lead in church life for many years while working in a secular job until 2009 when he left his last employment as Vice President at International Business Systems where he had been running the publishing division worldwide. Mike and Lynn have three children.
Hew and Cindy
Hew & Cindy have been married since 2014 and Hew serves as an elder with a passion to see others come to know the amazing grace of God, especially those outside the church. Cindy has a master of counselling and a heart for young women being released to be everything they are in God. Hew has worked for the Grace City Church for over 5 years and his main focuses are on how we engage with those who don’t know Christ, the youth work and the marketing of the church. He has a Bachelor of theology from Morling college and previously worked in IT infrastructure and product management within the financial sector.
James and Heather
James has been at Grace City since it kicked off in the early 2000’s.
Having grown up within this church community (aside from a few years serving a church plant in Japan), Grace City is his family in so many ways.
James loves meeting new people and helping them connect with the church community.
He is passionate about Christians doing life together and among other things helps oversee how people become integrated into church community, City Groups, and Mens and Womens initiatives.
In 2015 James joined the Grace City staff after 12 years working in a variety of project management and business leadership roles. He recently joined the Eldership Team, an honour and responsibility he does not take lightly.
James and Heather have three young daughters, who they are passionate about seeing grow into all God has called them to be.
Miles and Kate
Miles has lived in Australia for 10 years and is originally from the UK. Miles met his wife, Kate, in the UK and they both have a passion for worship and lead the church in moving forward in this. Miles and Kate have a son, Matthew, who is a talented drummer and key part of the youth. Kate also has a gift for teaching and is on the preaching team. Currently, Miles is an IT Strategy Manager and has worked in Business Intelligence in the past.