Our Story

Redeemer Colchester is a new church. We began very small, with the Pearce family moving from Canterbury to start things off in mid 2015. Since then we’ve grown consistently - we originally met mid-week and travelled to our partner church in Ipswich on Sundays.  Fairly quickly, we started gathering in homes in Colchester on Sundays and then in May 2016 we moved into our first 'official' venue - a social club. We have now outgrown that venue and moved on to a larger school hall (September 2018).

It is has been a relatively short adventure, but an exciting one! People's lives have been impacted, we have baptised some and seen others become followers of Jesus. Although fairly small and young, we have also been able to travel and support other churches in various nations.


ELDERSHIP TEAM

When the Apostle Paul planted churches he generally followed a certain pattern. He began by establishing a regular gathering of believers who called themselves disciples or Christians. Over time he would identify and train certain men to lead the church, and they would be called ‘elders’. Our first elders were appointed in March 2019. Our eldership team is made up of four men - Alastair McDonald, Tom Allen, Ben Parker and Hugh Pearce.

Hugh & Claire Pearce

Hugh & Claire Pearce

Hugh leads the eldership and staff teams. Claire is the Kids Work Coordinator and leads the midweek ‘Play & Pray’ group.

Ben & Mikka Parker

Ben & Mikka Parker

Ben and Mikka are the Worship Team Coordinators and are Life Group leaders. Ben also serves as a Trustee, and Mikka is on staff as the Administration and Student Work Coordinator.

Tom & Nicole Allen

Tom & Nicole Allen

Tom and Nicole are Life Group leaders. Nicole serves as the church’s Safeguarding Officer and is on the Kids Team.

Al & Debs McDonald

Al & Debs McDonald

Al and Debs are Life Group leaders and they host a young adults gathering. Debs also serves on the Kids and Hospitality teams.


STAFF TEAM

Hugh Pearce - Leads the Staff Team

Hugh Pearce - Leads the Staff Team

Mikka Parker - Administration and Student Work Coordinator

Mikka Parker - Administration and Student Work Coordinator

Alex Maynard - Student Work and Administration Volunteer / ID ‘Gap Year’ Student

Alex Maynard - Student Work and Administration Volunteer / ID ‘Gap Year’ Student


Affiliations/Partners

Redeemer Church  is part of the Newfrontiers worldwide movement of churches, and more specifically we are part of the Relational Mission family of churches within that movement (Read the 'We Are Relational Mission' booklet here). Newfrontiers is a worldwide network of about 1500 churches churches in over 60 nations.  Our key partner churches are The City Church and Hope Church.  These affiliation sit within the broader historic tradition of Protestant Reformed churches, with a strong emphasis on Charismatic renewal.

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SUPPORT AND OVERSIGHT

One of the privileges of being part of the Relational Mission family of churches is the support and oversight we are given by the network’s apostolic team and their delegates. This spiritual care is not imposed, but rather sought after. We do not want to ‘go alone’, or merely ‘sign up’ to a network. We want to develop significant, meaningful relationships as we see reflected in the Bible between churches and their spiritual fathers.  Maurice Nightingale has particularly supported, cared for and inputed into us and Tom Shaw similarly has been a great support and influence.

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Maurice Nightingale

Maurice serves on the Relational Mission apostolic team and has been involved in Redeemer from the very beginning, continuing to give oversight to us as a church. He is based at Hope Church (Ipswich) and visits regularly. Within Relational Mission he is particularly responsible for church planting - with a significant focus on Europe.

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Tom Shaw

Tom and Josie are currently based in California (USA) where they are planting ‘Sanctuary Church’ San Francisco but were previously in Canterbury where Tom and Hugh were on the eldership team at the time the Pearces were sent to start Redeemer. That church (The City Church) and Tom Shaw remain dear friends - helping and supporting us.