Richard and Regi Ellerington are Extreme Sports Missionaries in France. They have three children: Mani (boy), AJ (girl) Indie (boy) - all with long blond hair!
With Richard’s favourite book being “ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church” by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch and his favourite movie being “Big Wednesday” (a surf film) you begin to get a picture of his heart.
With a degree in Theology and a qualification as a Life Guard, Richard knew he was called to be a different kind of pastor from a young age. After 3 years at Regents Theological college Richard spent 3 years at Renewal Christian Centre, Birmingham, before moving to Weston Super Mare. There he spent 13 years working alongside most of his family at Holy Trinity Church.
Richard is probably most well known amongst the youth of Elim as the crazy guy at The Gathering. He once stood on stage with his pregnant wife, Regi, and asked the crowd what to name the child they were expecting. The loudest cheer won and their son was named Indie. (yes, named after the movie!)
Richard was settled in his role at Holy Trinity but God started stirring his heart. Richard's passion for the lost and love of surfing, skating, snowboarding and most other extreme sports, has led him and his family to a point where they are setting aside the comfortable life of Weston Super Mare and taking on the adventure of a lifetime.
In August 2012 Richard and his whole family boarded a truck and drove to Hossegor, France. The vision was to plant a church in one of the hubs of the surfing world to reach the surfing community and see people, who may otherwise have little to no connection with church, impacted by the Gospel.