The History of Greenstead Evangelical Free Church (Part 2)
Building the church
There was no wealthy benefactor to provide large sums of money in order to finance the construction of the building -
The building was constructed in two main stages, as the needs continued to grow: the first stage was opened in 1973 and the second in 1981. It now has a large worship area, a sports / social hall, three smaller rooms, a study / vestry and a kitchen, plus toilet facilities. Despite what may have appeared as being a rather isolated site when it was first acquired, the location where the building stands is now in the centre of the estate beside a major junction, close to one of the main shopping areas and near the schools -
Click here for photos of the second stage of the church's construction.
The church's pastors
John Bailey was the founding pastor (minister) of the church. After his retirement, Ian Hughes next took up the post (in 1999) and he served the church until 2005. He was followed (in 2006) by Martin Peirce, who is the church's current pastor. Since the beginning of the church in 1965, the various pastors have been assisted by elders (that is, working or retired men sharing in the pastoral responsibilities), of whom particular mention may be made of Frank Davies, Arthur Ibberson, Malcolm Baxter and Alan Hill. In remembering the work of these pastors and elders, we may call to mind the clear directive of the Bible: "hold men like [them] in high regard " (Philippians 2:29).
Click here for more recent photos of the church's life and work.
A magazine article about the formation and work of the church in its earlier days can be found here.