Cambridge Presbyterian Church began in February 1987 when a small number of folk began to meet for worship on a Sunday afternoon.
They met not far from where we now meet for Sunday evening worship in the library of the Lutheran Seminary. Their desire was to see a Reformed church established in Cambridge. They had been encouraged in this through two national conferences held in London by like-minded folk. The conferences, known as the London Presbyterian Conferences, were instrumental in other small groups beginning to meet in other parts of the country.
After a year numbers in the Cambridge group had so increased as to make a move to larger accommodation desirable. The group were still just meeting on Sunday afternoons for worship and during the week for prayer. However, in May of 1988 the congregation met for the first time to worship both morning and evening. It was during that year that the first elders and deacons were appointed.
At the same time as this the beginnings of a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination were taking shape in England. This was in the form of the Presbyterian Association in England (PAE) and in May 1988 the Cambridge group were formally constituted as a congregation of this body. The PAE was the forerunner of the current denomination of which the church is now part, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW).
In the Lord’s goodness the church became more established and in September 1992 the first minister, Rev. Stephen Atkinson, began his pastoral oversight. Stephen served the church faithfully for five years after which there was an interregnum of two years before the next minister, Rev. Ian Hamilton began his ministry. Ian served the church for 17 years and saw the church grow to its present size. Rev. Douglas McCallum joined the church as Associate Minister in October 2017.
The church has lost none of that original burden and desire, to see God glorified and Christ proclaimed as the only Saviour of fallen man, all within the context of a Reformed framework.
To God be the Glory.
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