During the closing decades of the 19th century, West Bridgford had developed from a quiet village to an ever growing residential suburb. In 1900 the population was around 8,000.
Several Baptist families had come to live in this new suburb of Nottingham, and before long it became evident to them that there was a need for a Baptist church in the area. A meeting was held on the 3rd July 1899 to discuss the options available. The church was eventually officially formed on the 14th May 1903, made up from 52 members.
A building committee was created and the stone laying ceremony took place on 17th January 1907. The building of the church took 9 months and the official opening was on the 26th September 1907. The adjoining halls were added later and the buildings were electrified in 1930.
The founding minister was Rev. S. Allsop, who served the church from 1903-1907. Our present minister, Stephen McKibbin, was appointed in January 2018.
Minister - Stephen McKibbin
Stephen studied theology at the Bible Institute of South Africa, the Cape Town Baptist Seminary and completed a Master’s in Theology through the Wales Evangelical School of Theology (now called Union).
Having served in several Christian ministries and Baptist churches in South Africa, Stephen and his family moved back to the United Kingdom. For a number of years, he was in secular employment while at the same time serving in his local church and undertaking lay preaching at surrounding churches. Stephen then felt the call back into full time Baptist ministry and accepted the call to be minister at West Bridgford Baptist in January 2018.
In the past number of years, Stephen has worked with international students through the ministry of Friends International. He is still involved with their Philip Project in Nottingham, teaching Bible skills to international students.
Stephen’s philosophy for ministry is based on Ephesians 4: 11-13 - "It was Christ who gave some .... .... to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up ...." He believes that the life and ministry of the Church should be based on the teaching of God's Word, encouraging members to live Godly lives and perform works of service. A church should be Christ-centred, people-orientated and full of good deeds and activities.
Stephen is married to Hazel and they have two sons and one daughter-in-law. They have recently become grandparents.
Stephen can be contacted through email.
Family and Outreach Worker - Ann Thomas
Ann is our volunteer Family and Outreach Worker. She is a pediatric nurse by background and serves in building up relationships with existing and potential users of our building and local community.
Ann is part of the Junior Church Team looking after the under 5s and heads up the teams of church volunteers running our Toddler Group and Messy Church. She also leads the team that run Tuesday Tea.
Ann enjoys any sort of craft activity. She is married to Martin and they have four children all aged 20+.
Ann can be contacted through email.
Our Leadership Team
As well as our Pastor, and our Family and Outreach Worker, our church leadership team consists of the following Deacons:
- Carol Hodgkinson (Church Secretary)
- Pat Hulme (Property)
- Martin Thomas (Treasurer)
- Margaret Watkinson (Music Director)
What we believe
We believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, revealed to us uniquely in the Bible and the life Jesus Christ. We affirm with other Christians the truths of the Apostle’s Creed.
We believe that salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and was raised to life so we can be put right with God. We express commitment to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour through repentance and faith in the saving work of Jesus on the cross. Part of this commitment is to seek to follow him in our daily lives, as a community of his disciples and by being baptised and belonging to a local church.
We believe that God gives us his Holy Spirit to help us to live faithfully, pray consistently and to witness to the good news of forgiveness, reconciliation and new life offered to all people in Jesus Christ.
The purposes of each local church are:
- Worship – focusing on God and his will for ourselves and the world
- Fellowship – supporting one another in love, friendship and prayer
- Discipleship – encouraging growth in Christian maturity and faithfulness
- Service – using our God-given gifts to share in the life and witness of the church
- Mission outreach – sharing our faith with others and inviting people to follow Jesus Christ
Worship is the central gathering of our community where we centre our lives on God and support one another in love and friendship.
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The church rooms are available for booking by community groups and individuals. Contact the Church Office for availability, hire rates and further information.