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  • GBCR’s government is led by godly, biblically qualified men called "Elders" (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1; 1 Pet. 5)

  • Our Elders share equally in the church’s leadership and decision-making though each Elder seeks to use his particular spiritual and natural gifts in the areas in which he can best help the church.

  • GBCR now has three (3) Elders: Tim Atkins, Tom McConnell, and Claudio Farinha

GBCR'S Occupational Preaching Elder
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  • Tim has been an Elder at Grace Bible Church Rugby since the church was started in Feb 2013.

  • At the end of May 2022, Tim became GBCR'S Occupational Preaching Elder. As GBCR'S Occupational Preaching Elder, Tim enjoys preaching God's Word and shepherding God's people through personal discipleship and biblical counselling.

  • Tim is happily married and has two adult children.

Tim Atkins
Tom McConnell
GBCR'S Elder Over Church Planting
& Director of Grace Bible Academy

  • In Feb 2013, Tom was asked to help start and pastor Grace Bible Church Rugby. 

  • As of June 2022, Tom began serving as GBCR'S Elder Over Church Planting & Director of Grace Bible Academy.​

Claudio Farinha
GBCR'S Church Planting Missionary to Madeira Island
  • Claudio became an Elder at
    Grace Bible Church Rugby at the end of 2019.


  • Ever since Claudio was saved on Feb 2012, he has been burdened to take the powerful Gospel back to his family, friends and neighbors on the island of Madeira.

  • Having finished his pastoral and church planting training at Grace Bible Academy, in January 2023 Claudio and his family are being sent out as GBCR'S first church planting missionaries to the Portuguese Island of Madeira.

  • Claudio is married and has three beautiful young children.

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