Who's Who

Mark Rainbow

Senior Minister

My wife Sarah and I have lived in Durham since 2005, aside from four years spent in Sydney while I trained at Moore Theological College.  We have three children: Annie, Grace and Sam.  During the lockdown we naively signed up for an allotment and are now enjoying seeing how our trial and error approach somehow still produces some results.  I became a Christian as a child thanks to the witness of my parents and was ordained as an Anglican minister in 2017.

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Dan Almond


Hi, I'm Dan and I'm married to Cara.  We live in Newton Hall with our three children.  I'm one of the elders at Grace Church and have particular responsibility for outreach and mission.  Outside of my role at the church, I work full time as an Architect.  I also enjoy music and try to keep fit by running, playing squash and getting humiliated on the golf course.  I've been at Grace Church since it was founded and find it a real joy to be part of the church family and wider community.

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Scott Harder


Hi, I'm Scott and I'm married to Rachel, and we have two children, Logan and Jessica. We have been at Grace Church since it was founded and as well as being an elder of Grace Church, I am also the Church Treasurer, responsible for church management and finances. In my spare time I like like to enjoy the wonderful County Durham countryside, and am also a big fan of board games (as anyone who has seen my board game collection will tell you!).

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Bethan Meirion-Jones

Youth and Children's Worker

Hi, I’m Bethan and I’m the Children’s and Youth Worker at Grace Church. I’m a fun-loving adult who is blessed with the privilege of sharing Jesus and my silliness with the younger members of Grace Church. I live in Framwellgate Moor with my housemate Joelle and dog Toby.  I enjoy random trivia (Fun fact for you: did you know that the world’s largest flower is called the Rafflesia, it can grow to over a metre in diameter and smells like rotting flesh. Gross!), running, walking, reading and sharing life (often over food) with friends, family and the people I meet. It has been a blessing to be part of the church family at Grace Church from the beginning, but it’s only this year that I have had the joy of working here.

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James Leggett

External Trustee

James is the Minister of St James Church Ryde.  He's married to Mary and has four adult children.  He serves as our external trustee, providing advice and external scrutiny to the elders.

Andy Lines

AMiE Convocation Bishop

Grace Church is under the episcopal oversight of Bishop Andy Lines.  You can contact him by using the contact form on the Anglican Network in Europe website.

Andrew Deane


Andrew is married to Katie and works as a consultant in geriatric care at University Hospital North Durham.