Adam was born and raised in Dry Fork, Virginia in the United States by Christian parents. It wasn’t till the end of his first year in university that he turned from his sin and trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
After three years of teaching maths, Adam drove to California to attend The Master’s Seminary to learn how to pastor and preach biblically. This was where he met his wife Dana. They have been married since 2011.
Adam joined the pastoral staff of GraceLife London in November of 2015.
Michael was raised by Christian parents in Spokane, Washington, and over the course of his childhood was rescued from sin and saved by Christ.
He and Vanessa met in 2009 at university, where Michael studied accountancy. After working in finance, he entered the Master’s Seminary in California where he studied and worked for Grace Community Church for 5 years, graduating in 2020.
Michael, his wife Vanessa, and their three sons Elliott, Arlo, and Henry joined GraceLife London in the summer of 2021.
Ross was born in Staffordshire and worked as an electrical engineer until his job with the National Grid took him around the country. Ross & Lisa Orgill have been married since 1998, and have two children, Samuel and Alicia.
Ross’ burden for the weakness in the church in Britain took him to California to the Master’s Seminary. While at the Master’s Seminary, Ross also worked as an ‘intern’ on staff at Grace Community Church before moving his family to London in January 2011 to help plant the church.
Born and raised in Kent, Tom practised and taught osteopathy for twelve years before pursuing a call to the ministry. He and Donna have been married since 1992, and have a daughter called Carys.
Tom studied theology in California at the Master’s Seminary and was ordained at Grace Community Church where he served on staff as an ‘intern’ during his training before returning to London with his family to begin the work of GraceLife London.
GraceLife London adheres to the Basis of Faith of The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches and is committed to these essential truths of historic, biblical Christianity:
This is our attempt to set out what the Elders of GraceLife London teach with regards to essential doctrines.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine.
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life.
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith.
God the Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ.
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.
Biblically, the focal point of all church leadership is the elder. An elder is one of a plurality of biblically qualified men who jointly shepherd and oversee a local body of believers.
The gift of tongues was a divinely bestowed supernatural ability to speak in a human language that had not been learned by the one speaking. According to the Apostle Paul, when believers exercised the gift of tongues in church, they were to speak one at a time, and only two or three were to speak in a given service.
On occasion, a Christian will wander away from the fellowship of other believers and find himself or herself ensnared by sin through ignorance or willful disobedience. It then becomes necessary for the church, and particularly its shepherds, to actively seek the repentance and restoration of that Christian.
The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow him in submissive obedience. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time, it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness.
God hates divorce. He hates it because it always involves unfaithfulness to the solemn covenant of marriage that two partners have entered into before Him, and because it brings harmful consequences to those partners and their children. Divorce in the Scripture is permitted only because of man’s sin.
At GraceLife London we teach that the people who make up the church gather primarily to worship God as well as to grow spiritually. From Old Testament times, a rich variety of music has always naturally been employed in worship as part of the grace of God that we rejoice in.
For many believers, fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations begins at home—with their children. In fact, few experiences bring greater joy to Christian parents than seeing their children come to faith in Christ.
It is significant that one of the biblical names of Christ is Wonderful Counsellor. He is the highest and ultimate One to whom we may turn for counsel, and His Word is the well from which we may draw divine wisdom. What could be more wonderful than that?