Central London Church: History, Mission & Values
The history of the Central London Church can be traced back to the evangelistic efforts of evangelist George Vandeman (Associate secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Association), in 1952. Pastor Vandeman’s series drew the greatest crowds ever seen at an Adventist evangelistic programme in Britain. His main programme took placed in London’s Coliseum Theatre. Some 10,000 people turned out on the first night. Attendance eventually levelled off to around 2,500. That initial series resulted in the establishment of the Central London Church. The Church was housed in the New Gallery Centre, 121 Regent Street, London, the lease being purchased from the Crown at a cost of £122,000, in 1953. The Gallery opened 25 October 1953 as the Central London Evangelistic Centre. In 1970 the main body of the Central London Church moved to Chalk Farm and became the Hempstead SDA Church.
The new Gallery continued to be a Centre for evangelism until it was replaced by the current Advent Centre, in May 1992. The resident Church at the Centre continued to be called the Central London Church (CLC). As a result of many direct and indirect evangelistic programmes the Church and the Centre have facilitated the birth of groups such as the Rumanian, the Pilipino, the Portuguese Churches and the Ethiopian group.
CLC and Mission
There are over 500 Sabbath Keeping Christian denominations around the world. Like Seventh-day Adventists, they worship on the Seventh day and look forward to second coming of Christ. The SDA Church is the largest, most organised and globally established of all Seventh-day Denominations.
Seventh-day Adventist believe that God, in harmony with His prophetic timetable, established the SDA Church at the end of the 1260-day prophesy (Rev. 12:6, 14) to take the Three Angel’s Messages of Revelation 14:6-12 to the whole world. Hence the SDA Church has a distinct and vibrant massage.
CLC is a multicultural community made up of about 200 members from over 30 nationalities. We are attractive to those who migrate to London, come to study, or who are just passing through. However, our primary mission is to take the Gospel to the people of Central London and to help them become Christ’s disciples.
- Our Mission Statement
In harmony with the mission Christ entrusts to the SDA Church we perceive our mission as follows:
The mission of the Central London Church is to proclaim to residents of Central London, and all with whom we come in contact, the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14:6-12, leading them to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour, and unite with His Church, nurturing and discipling them in preparation for His soon return.
CLC desires to reach all people/cultural groups living in London. We believe that a Christ-Centred, loving, harmonious, Bible based Multicultural Church Community is best suited to fulfil our mission.
- Our Methods
We pursue this mission under the guidance of the Holy Spirit through:
Preaching: Accepting Christ’s commission (Matthew 28:18-20), we proclaim to residents of Central London, and all with whom we come in contact, the message of a loving God, most fully revealed in His Son’s reconciling ministry and atoning death. Recognising the Bible to be God’s infallible revelation of His will, we present its full message, including the second advent of Christ and the continuing authority of His Ten Commandment law with its reminder of the seventh-day Sabbath.
Teaching: Acknowledging that development of mind and character is essential to God’s redemptive plan, we promote the growth of a mature understanding of God, His Word, and the created universe.
Healing: Affirming the biblical emphasis on the well-being of the whole person, we promote the preservation of health and healing. With our limited resources, we seek to continue Christ’s ministry of compassion and restoration.
Discipling: Affirming the continued spiritual growth and development of all members, we nurture the newly converted, instruct them in righteous living, train them for effective witness, and encourage their responsive obedience to God’s will.
- Our Values
Our sense of mission is driven by the realisation that every person, regardless of circumstances, is of infinite value to God and thus deserving of respect and dignity. Through God’s grace every person is gifted for and needed in the diverse activities of our Church family.
Our respect for diversity, individuality, and freedom is balanced by our high regard for community. We are multicultural family engaged in representing the reign of God in our world through ethical conduct, mutual regard, and loving service.
Pastor Colin Stewart is an ordained minister and has been serving in the South England Conference since 1997. He completed his BA in Theology at the former West Indies College in Jamaica, and also achieved a minor in West Indies History. He then completed his MA in Religion at Newbold College.
Colin is the son of Jamaican parents of the Windrush generation. He is British born and proud of his cultural mix. He loves to be known as a Londoner. He attended the New Gallery Centre for the first ten years of his life and follows his parents footsteps in Church planting.
At age 16 Colin began a four year apprenticeship in tailoring with the prestigious Anderson and Sheppard of Savile Row, and worked alongside the late designer, Alexander McQueen.
Colin has been married to Patricia for 29 years and they have two children, Dion and Brandon.
Colin is the former Youth Director of the South England Conference, but really loves Community Pastoring and working within a team. His favourite saying is “Let the Spirit Lead!”
Installation Service - 5th January 2019
It was a special day on Sabbath 5th January, when Godwin Benjamin formally welcomed Pastor Colin Stewart and Family to the start of their tenure at Central London Church.
The Elders together with the Members joined in a special prayer of dedication and a prayer for God’s direction and guidance as Pastor starts his ministry at Central Church.
Pastor Stewart introduced us to his Family and and gave thanks for the words of support, as he looked forward to the co-operation of members as he gets to know and work with them.