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Hello, I'm
Dean Courtier

Minister / Designer / Marketing Expert


Who am I?

After 22 years of working in the City of London, specialising in marketing and design for financial and professional services, I left a full time role running a design and production studio for a global law firm and started my own marketing and design company.

In 2010 I became a Pastor, and joined the leadership team of the Estuary Elim Group of Churches.

Today I am a 'full-time' church minister, 'part time' designer and marketing expert. I live in Essex, and enjoy my life - sometimes reality is stranger than fiction but God is always good!

Find out more about Estuary Elimhttps://www.estuaryelim.church

What I do


Preaching, Teaching, Youth & Children's Work, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Weddings, Child Dedications, Baptisms & Funerals. Licensed Registrar.

Design & Marketing

A confident, enthusiastic & expressive leader, who has worked with global businesses & professional partnerships. A skilled Senior Designer & respected Fellow of the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing; broad experience in Advertising, Branding, Communications, Corporate Identity, Corporate Reporting, Creative Services, Data-driven Marketing, Design, Digital, Direct Marketing, Event Management, Internet & Intranet, Lecturing & Public Speaking, Marketing Communications, Multimedia & Research, & Public Relations. Offering unique insights in management of clients, internal teams, key stakeholders & suppliers on a local, national & international basis.

Technical Skills

A wide range of technical skills including:

  • Web Design & Usability
  • Podcasting
  • Typography & Layout
  • Photo manipulation skills
  • Digital Painting
  • Photo Composition
  • Colour theory knowledge
  • Portrait Retouching
  • Video Editing

Hardware & Software Skills

PC, Mac, Fiery, Scitex, Wacom and Xerox hardware. Wide range of Canon & Sony digital and traditional photographic & video equipment. An extensive range of software packages on both PC and Mac including:

  • Access
  • Acrobat
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • After Effects
  • Aperture
  • Dreamweaver
  • DVD Studio
  • Excel
  • Expression Web
  • Final Cut Studio
  • Fireworks
  • Flash
  • Freehand
  • FrontPage
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Image Ready
  • iMovie
  • iWeb
  • Keynote
  • Lightroom
  • Numbers
  • OSX
  • Outlook
  • Pages
  • Premiere Pro
  • Photoshop
  • PowerPoint
  • Quark
  • VMware Fusion
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Word
  • XCode

Ministry Experience


Encouraging others on their journey with God.

Estuary Elim Group

Pastor and Local Leader

2008 - current
Part of the ministry and leadership team of three Essex Pentecostal Churches in Ashingdon, Rayleigh and Southend-on-Sea with specific responsibility for advertising, brand management, communications, digital marketing, evangelism, internet, marketing, pastoral care, podcasting, social media, teaching and youth work. Local Leader Ashingdon Elim Church. Member of Rayleigh Elim Leadership Team. Governor of Southend Elim Church Day Nursery. Wedding Registrar for Ashingdon Elim Church.
Rochford Congregational

Church Leadership Team

2005 - 2008
Responsible for preaching, teaching, evangelism and publicity. Involved in church planting in Canewdon and Paglesham.
The Active Christian Trust LTD

Trust Co-ordinator

Managed the marketing and fund raising activities for Active Christian Trust. Recruited and trained youth workers and volunteers.
Providence Baptist Church

Youth & Children's Worker

1997 - 2004
Various aspects of youth and children's ministry.

Business Experience

Design & Marketing

A career that spans the full gamut of marketing, brand management, communications and design.

Eleven Creative

Brand, Design and
Marketing Consultant

2010 - current
Providing brand, marketing, design and digital consultancy to a vareity of private clients and registered charities.
Allen & Overy LLP

Global Head of
Creative Services

2005 - 2009
Managed the provision and delivery of a wide range of design, brand and marketing services for 31 offices worldwide. Controlling, producing and managing the entire process from concept creation to final delivery, using onsite resources, offshore support and specialist service providers.
Squeeze Design

Brand, Design and
Marketing Consultant

2003 - 2005
Provided a range of design and marketing related services to clients. Projects included, scripting, filming, editing and production of videos and conference materials. Video work in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Marketing, corporate identity and branding. Website design. Magazine design and editing for a publication distributed to 50 countries.
Henderson Global Investors

Divisional Director of
Production Services

1999 - 2003
Managing and directing an in–house full service agency for the provision of cost effective marketing communications, design, print production, multimedia, internet and brand management services. Services provided to UK and international clients. Also produced work for AMP Group, Investment Trusts, AMP Asset Management, Cogent Investment Operations, NPI, London Life, and Pearl Assurance in the UK and for AMP in Australia and New Zealand.
London Stock Exchange

Manager – Design, Production and Distribution

1995 - 1998
Managed the design, production and distribution of magazines, brochures, marketing literature, consultation documents, all Exchange mailing activities; policed the data quality and the use of the corporate database; ensured communications were despatched to relevant audiences. Managed the branding and launch of AIM.
Robson Rhodes

Marketing Communications
and Design

1987 - 1994
Various Marketing, Communications and Design roles: Corporate Design Unit Manager (1992 – 1994), Press officer for the liquidation of Bishopsgate Asset Management (The Mirror Group Pension Fund), personal bankruptcy of Asil Nadir (Polly Peck) and the liquidation of the Maclaren F1 Racing Team (1991 – 1992). Senior Marketing Administrator (1989 – 1991). Marketing Administrator (1987 – 1989)


My portfolio features a variety of design and marketing projects

I'm experienced in all aspects of digital and traditional design and marketing - from simple one-off flyers to full-scale intergrated online and offline brand identity. Here are a few examples of some great assignments I have worked on.

Dean Courtier

Elim Minister
Skilled Designer
Marketing Expert
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