The Bible tells us that elders lead churches (Titus 1:5, 1 Tim 3:1-13). We have an eldership team which serves, cares, teaches and prays for the church. We don't believe in the pastor/priest/vicar model of leadership which focusses on one main leader. The elders work in team and lead the church equally and together, alongside deacons and our friendship with Christ Central who care and support us. See below for a brief introduction to who are Elders are.

Allen & Sarah Rossi

Jon Lumby

Aaron & Kerry Travell

Allen is employed full-time by Grace church and serves on the Christ Central Cumbria & Lancashire team, serving churches & church plants, both in the UK and Mexico. He loves playing football, golf and music and watching films.

Sarah serves the church in a variety of ways and also works for Safe Famlies UK. Sarah likes reading, socialising, walking and moky.

Jon has served as a policeman for many years. He grew up near Liverpool and has lived in Cumbria for over 15 years. He loves getting out in the hills walking, playing golf and spending time with family and friends.


Aaron works in a local family buisness making motorcycle protection and clothing. He loves getting out on his bike and spending time with the family.

Kerry leads our worship department and little monkeys baby and toddler group.They also have two young sons who keep them busy and Kerry enjoys going to Next sales on Boxing day, running triathlons, and needle craft.


Who are we and what do we believe?

In 2012, Allen & Sarah Rossi began gathering a team of people to help plant Grace Church. A number of these people were part of King's Church Cockermouth which Allen also served as an elder. Their vision was clear, 'To make Christ known to neighbours and nations by creating a loving, reaching, disciple making and serving church.

We are a church who gather people from all over West Cumbria; serving Maryport, Cockermouth area, Workington, Whitehaven, Egremont and Cleator Moor. However, everyone is welcome!

We are a bible believing and Spirit filled church who are passionate about Jesus and the good news of salvation found through him. To know more click here. Our aim is to be a church where God can change lives through His son Jesus, whatever your background, whatever you believe, whatever your age and whatever questions you have. We realise that coming to church can be a strange thing but we are a relaxed bunch of people who will make you feel welcome. If you visit, we will have one thing in common...we were all new to the church at some point! Small group info

We belong to a family of churches called Christ Central, part of newfrontiers. Click here for more info

Church Departments

We have a number of serving departments in the church and they are run by men and women who oversee teams of people that make the church work We currently have the following departments.
  1. Sunday Meeting teams:
  2. Worship: Kerry Travell & Oly Chalker
  3. Outreach: Allen Rossi
  4. Finance: Aaron Travell
  5. Small groups: Allen & Sarah Rossi
  6. Kids Work: Rachel Bradley & Karen Messenger






Grace Church Whitehaven is a registered charity No 1164923 and our constitution was supported by Stewardship, an Evangelical Alliance member organisation. We are also part of a family of churches called Christ Central, newfrontiers.