Our Leadership Team

Estuary Elim Leadership Team

Ordained Ministers • Pastors • Deacons

The Leadership Team of the Estuary Elim Church consists of Ordained Ministers, Pastors, and Deacons.

Ministers & Pastors

Meet our

Our church has a shared ministry team.
All of our Ministers and Lay Preachers preach in each of our locations on a regular basis.

Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier


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Dean joined our ministry team in June 2008 and became an Elim Licensed Minister in June 2010.

He accepted a call to full time ministry in September 2010, and was ordained in June 2015.

In addition to preaching and teaching, Dean is responsible for our website, podcasts and in‑house design. His background is design, brand management, and marketing for professional & financial services.

He lives in Rochford with his wife Hanna, and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Paul Turner


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Paul joined our ministry team in September 2019.

He is an ordained minister and has led a number of Elim churches in the UK.

Paul preaches regularly in all of the Estuary Elim locations and is Chaplain for our Nursery in Southend.

He lives in Westcliff with his wife Yvonne and has two adult children.

Dave Berrington

Lay Preacher

Dave preaches regularly at Ashingdon and Rayleigh.

Megan Bolden

Lay Preacher

Megan preaches regularly at Ashingdon, Rayleigh and Online.

Kim Morris

Lay Preacher

Kim preaches regularly at Rayleigh.

Lolu Oluwaniyi


Lolu preaches regularly at Ashingdon.


Meet our

A deacon is a person who has been elected by other church members to serve as an officer of the church. Our deacons have specific defined duties and responsibilities across our locations.


Paul Clark Deacon & Service Leader Paul first gave his life to Jesus in 1988 aged 23, after 8 years he walked away from God and chose to live his life his way for the following 21 years. In 2017 God stepped dramatically back into his life and Paul gave Jesus full control, it was at this point he started to attend Ashingdon Elim.

In January 2021, Paul was elected as a Deacon. He is a member of the Estuary Elim Church Board.

Paul is a Kintsugi Hope wellbeing group leader, this Ministry aims to provide a safe place foe people with mental health issues, although there is no group running at present, Paul is still very much involved with Kintsugi hope.

Paul is a co-ordinator for the annual Samaritan Purse shoe box appeal, he is also a singer and part of the Church music/worship team.

Paul has two adult children and one grandchild.


Samantha Dobie Deacon & Children's Leader Samantha first joined the Elim Church aged 8 and has been attending ever since.

As well as being a Deacon, she looks after the children's work and runs a children's Saturday club in Rayleigh and the Sunday School in Ashingdon.

Samantha grew up in Rayleigh but now lives in Ashingdon and married Trevor in 2018. They have 4 children between them, 2 at University and 2 in Secondary School.

Samantha loves all things craft and reading.


Trevor Dobie Deacon & Technical Support Trevor started attending the Elim Church in 2013 and has been attending ever since.

As well as being a Deacon and member of the church board, he helps with the music set-up of the worship team, the sound desk, and occasionally sings.

Trevor grew up in Hockley but now lives in Ashingdon and married Samantha in 2018. They have 4 children between them, 2 at University, 1 in sixth form, and 1 in Secondary School.

Trevor loves trail running, music, playing around with synthesizers, fishing, reading, plus PC and board gaming.


Alison Iley Deacon & Youth Leader Biography coming soon...


Andrea James Deacon & Group Administrator Andrea became a Christian in 1978 then joined the Elim Church in 1982, where she has served as a Deacon from 2000 and additionally as Group Administrator since 2007.

Andrea is a retired Bank Official and lives with her husband of 53 years, Brian, in Leigh-on -Sea.

They have 2 adult sons and 5 grandchildren.


Omololu (Lolu) Oluwaniyi Deacon & Service Leader Lolu gave his life to Christ in 1995. He was an elder in a previous church. He joined Estuary Elim Church in 2015 where he has served in the technical team, providing support for in-person PC and sound desk as well as online church.

Lolu was co-opted onto the Church Board in 2021 at the recommendation of the Ministry Team and was elected to serve as a Deacon in January 2022.

He is an IT Consultant and married with 2 adult children. Lolu loves snooker, darts, table tennis and music.