Meet The Team

At Rushmere Community Church we believe we all have gifts and talents that God has given us to bless the church and local community with. We have one paid person in our Pastor James. We have many amazing people serving in a voluntary capacity throughout the week, leading Sunday services, running groups, visiting and caring for those in need, and organising and leading community based events. 

The Team
James Edgell

James has been the Pastor of RCC since March 2019. James is married to Stephanie who is from the USA and together they have two boys Levi and Simeon. They live in the community of Rushmere. James loves a spicy curry, supports a football team that is not allowed to be mentioned in Ipswich(!) and loves being mistaken for a teenager!

Stephen F_Fotor.jpg
Stephen French

Church Elder

Steve Carr.jpg
Steven Carr

Church Elder

Team Leaders
Michelle Jones
Discover Team Leader

Michelle is married to Steve and as empty nesters they are kept company by their two cats, Jack and Jill. Michelle loves all genres of music and enjoys an evening out at the Wolsey or Regent theatres. Michelle is a busy woman, not only serving in the many community events but also as Chair of Rushmere Good Neighbour Scheme and the 5th Ipswich Scout committee. Michelle firmly believes we are all called to love our neighbour and that's why she is delighted to be a Discover Team Leader.​​

Lynda Wade
Deepen Team Leader

​​Lynda is married to Nick and they have been at RCC since autumn 2019. Lynda's heart is for Rushmere Estate and its people, and to see Gods Kingdom grow there. Her role at RCC and her passion is prayer and intercession together with a deeper
understanding of the Holy Spirit's ministry in our lives. 

Nick Wade
Disciple Team Leader

​​Nick is married to Lynda and together they have three children, seven grandchildren and two dogs Ollie and Daisy. He loves reading and walking preferably in the hills but anywhere is fine. Like Lynda his heart is for the people of Rushmere and for God’s Kingdom to grow there through all that we do. Nick's role at RCC together with Irene is discipleship and teaching. Something he is passionate about.

Steve Jones
Discover Team Leader

Steve is married to Michelle and together they have 3 grown up children. They have been attending RCC for the past 11 years. Steve has been involved in many different roles during this time, from running the church 5-a-side football team to 4 years as treasurer.  Steve has always had a passion for the Rushmere estate and lives locally.  He wants to see Jesus at work in the community and lives changed.  As a Discover Team Leader he helps run events taking place in the community and believes that people should all be treated with kindness and love. Steve is a keen supporter of the mighty ITFC and his mission is to one day convert the Pastor over from the Dark side!! 

Irene Pickess
Disciple Team Leader

​​Irene has been a member of RCC since the church began. She was married to John who went to be with the Lord in 2012. Irene has two sons, Simon married to Suzanne and David married to Sara. She has five granddaughters who she loves to spend time with. She enjoys walking, swimming and meeting friends for coffee! 

The Trustees
Dave Y.jpg
David Yaroslaw
Richard Jolley
Peter D.jpg
Peter Durston