Leadership & Staff

The church leadership is made up of three teams: Elders, Staff, and Management Team (Deacons).


Lead Pastor Phil & Wendy Glover
I was delighted, alongside Wendy to be invited to join Encounter Church as the new pastor from Jan 2021.
We both originate from Derby; and for the past 34 years have lived in the North East of England, where I have been working for Youth for Christ; before pastoring the Elim Church in Whitley Bay – and Wendy has been heading up the science department at Marden High school. We have two children who live in The Midlands, David, and Amy.  I think it’s fair to say that we both enjoy sport, walking,  reading, socializing, and drinking tea.
You can email Phil at: office@encounterchurch.uk


Deji Okubadejo
Deji is married to Dot and coordinates the Multimedia Team.

Jamie Price

Jamie is married to Debs and they have one young son. He is an ordained Elim minister who serves God pioneering new youth groups for Elim’s Limitless youth ministry.

James Wilton
James is married to Alayne and has two daughters. He is the church secretary and coordinates the IT work at the church.

Ngozi Anya (Known as NG)
NG is married to Eudy and has two children and is an active member of the Multimedia Team as well as serving in other areas of church life

Abraham Adjei-Kwarteng
Abraham is married and heads up the prayer team.

Andy Vanek
Andy is married to Zoe and leads our connect group network as well as being involved in so many aspects of church life!


Isaac Williams – Isaac is a trainee assistant Pastor at Encounter Church and is married to Emily. He loves leading worship and playing the keys! He supports the lead pastor in his role and oversees the following key areas: Pastoral Care, Integration of new believers and newcomers, Creative team and Worship.  

Rachel Jewson- Rachel joined as new pastor at Encounter Church Weloey Castle location from June 2021. Rachel and her husband Alastair (Al) live in Halesowen and have 3 adult children. Over the last 6 years Rachel have been Assistant Pastor at Oasis Christian Centre Redditch, and Minister in Training at Birmingham City Church. Prior to that she was on staff at LifeCentral Church Halesowen for many years involved in both worship and operations. Alastair works as a business consultant for Local Authorities. In spare time they love walking black labrador, Teddy and spending time with friends. 

Abz Adekeye – Abz is married to Kunle and is our Youth Pastor and her main role is to oversee our youth ministry and provide support and pastoral care for our young people. She has a particular interest in mental health issues amongst young people. 

Debs Price – Debs is our Director of Children’s Ministry. She oversees Encounter Kids on a Sunday, Catalyst and Sparklers. Debs previously worked as a Teacher in a primary school before joining the team. She is married to Jamie, who is an active member of the church and they have a little boy called Jude. 

Tony Pash – Tony is our Services Manager for both Encounter Church and Foundations Day Nursery (which operates in the building adjacent to the church). Tony is also our church finance officer and handles all bookings of our building. If you would like to book our building, call the church office or email Tony office@encounterchurch.uk

Divya Srinivasan– Divya is our part-time Church Administrator and possesses the skills required for the role. She supports the assistant pastor in overseeing the following key areas: Social Media, Creative team, and Office work.