Westminster Chapel

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Westminster Chapel, London
Westminster Chapel London logo.jpg
Founded 1840
Focus Evangelical Christianity
Location
Area served London
Product Home to Westminster Foodbank [1]
Members 250 approx
Key people Senior Pastor: Greg Haslam
Slogan "Bringing the Kingdom of God to the Heart of the Nation"
Website westminsterchapel.org.uk
Westminster Chapel

Westminster Chapel is an evangelical Christian church in central London, established in 1840.

It is situated in Buckingham Gate, just off Victoria Street and close to Buckingham Palace.

The church has been led by several notable pastors including Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1939–68) and R. T. Kendall (1977–2002). The current pastor is Greg Haslam.[1]

History[edit]

The Chapel's own website summarises the background of the area:[2]

In 1840 the area where Westminster Chapel now stands was relatively undeveloped. Since that time the area has improved considerably and historic attractions such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey bring millions of tourists to the area each year.

Westminster Chapel has had four particularly well-known pastors: the Rev'd Samuel Martin (1842–78), Dr G. Campbell Morgan (1904–17 and 1933–43), Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1939–68) and Dr R. T. Kendall (1977–2002).

The current building, seating around 1500, was opened on 6 July 1865. The church was founded by Congregationalists, and was pastored by Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from 1939 to 1968. During the Lloyd-Jones pastorate, the church resigned from the Congregational Union and became instead a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.

The current pastor Greg Haslam was previously the pastor of Winchester Family Church, a Newfrontiers church, and has introduced many of Newfrontiers' core values to the church.

Activities[edit]

Sundays[edit]

The church is evangelical in its beliefs. Services incorporate a time of worship, including opportunities for prophecies, and a sermon, biblical in its manner and usually preached by the senior pastor Greg Haslam, or by other leaders within the church including its Executive Director, Howard Satterthwaite.

Westminster Chapel aims to be a prophetic voice to London, the UK and the nations. It recently[when?] issued a "Mission, Vision, Values" brochure, stating that the church would be Spirit-led, prophetic, and be increasingly mission-minded. The church aims to be a family and open to all who may want to visit. Sunday services are at 11am and 5.30pm.

Life Groups[edit]

Groups called Life Groups meet in homes throughout London, usually on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. These include special groups for students.[3] The church's website states that these are "the hub of friendship, discipleship and evangelism" at the Chapel.

Alpha course[edit]

Westminster Chapel hosts a free Alpha course twice a year. Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life over dinner, and the Chapel's course usually runs on a Monday night.

Westminster Foodbank[edit]

Westminster Chapel currently runs the Westminster Foodbank,[4] as part of the Trussell Trust network of food banks.

Student work[edit]

There are approximately seventy students and people in their twenties currently attending the Chapel, and the church has a dedicated team who minister to this age bracket. There are events specifically aimed at students and 20s, as well as those that cater to the wider church family which students can join in with as well.

On Sundays, between 3-5pm, there is a cafe (Sam's Cafe) specifically for students.

Twice a year, the Chapel hosts a retreat for students and twenties in the countryside.

Previous pastors[edit]

The full list of previous pastors is as follows:

  • 1842–78, Rev'd Samuel Martin BA (helped by Mr Simon for the last two years of his pastorate)
  • 1876–87, Rev'd Henry Simon
  • 1887–94, no settled ministry
  • 1894–95, Rev'd W. Evans Hurndall MA
  • 1896–1902, Rev'd Richard Westrope
  • 1902–04, no settled ministry
  • 1904–17, Rev'd Dr G. Campbell Morgan DD
  • 1904–07, Rev'd Albert Swift (co-pastor with Dr Campbell Morgan)
  • 1918–22, Rev'd Dr J. H. Jowett CH MA DD
  • 1923–25, Rev'd Dr John Hutton MA DD
  • 1926–27, no settled ministry
  • 1928–33, Rev'd Dr Hubert Simpson MA DD
  • 1933–43, Rev'd Dr G. Campbell Morgan DD (associate Minister for one year with Dr Simpson)
  • 1939–68, Rev'd Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones MD MRCP (associate Minister with Dr Morgan until August 1943)
  • 1969–74, Rev'd J. Glyn Owen BA BD DD
  • 1974–76, no settled ministry
  • 1977–2002, Rev'd Dr R. T. Kendall AB MA MDiv D Phil (Oxon)
  • 2002–, Pastor Greg Haslam

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Coordinates: 51°29′56″N 0°08′18″W / 51.4988°N 0.1382°W / 51.4988; -0.1382