At present Elim Ryedale Church is without a full time minister since Andy Boxall moved to Selly Oak, Birmingham.

However, at Elim Ryedale Church we have an army of volunteers who make all that we do possible. We believe every single person has the ability to make a difference and is designed for purpose. We also have a leadership team that support, encourage and oversee all that we are doing together. Let us introduce ourselves:




Sara Abbey

Sara is married to Nick, and they have a married daughter, Jess, who heads up the worship team at Elim Ryedale.  Sara is the Church Administrator and has been part of the church for over 25 years. As Nick is a local travel agent, they enjoy many holidays where Sara can indulge her passion for reading whilst lazing on a sunbed! She particularly enjoys reading God’s word and finds delight in imparting spiritual gems to others.




Andy Holmes

Andy is a retired accountant, and oversees the finances of the church.  He is married to Jane and they moved up to Ryedale from Kent in August 2011.  Together Andy and Jane are very involved in the children’s work of the church and although this gives him very little time for hobbies he does enjoy reading and walking and has been known on occasion to do a little bit of photography.

Graeme Parkins Photo


Graeme Parkins

Graeme is a retired Elim Minister, who formerly was the Pastor of Elim Scarborough. He is married to Jenny and they have been a part of Elim Ryedale Church since 2012.  Although retired Graeme is involved in lots of different things including being part of the pastoral care team for the North Yorkshire Police service.  As an ex-police officer, this is something very close to his heart.