Our Church History
Bill Quay Community Church (Heworth Christian Fellowship) officially began in 1985 when a group of around twenty people began meeting together to worship in a home in Heworth on Sundays. Most of these founding members had met together for worship and teaching in homes over a number of years whilst being members of other churches. The group grew too large to meet in a home, and soon began meeting in Heworth Grange School – thus the name Heworth Christian Fellowship came into being.
Leadership at the time was shared between three couples – Norma and Derek Minto; David and Susan Jackson and Morris and Ellen Robinson.
In 1989 Derek Minto became pastor full time following his early retirement from teaching, a role which continued until his retirement in 2004 aged 65.
At the heart of the church’s beginning was a commitment to Biblical truth, believer’s baptism, a more free style of worship and the desire to grow as real Disciples of Christ living in the power of the Holy Spirit.
At the end of 2008 the church moved to Bill Quay, and has met in the Methodist Church since then. When the Methodist coongregation stopped meeting we were very happy to accept their inviation to continue the heritage of Christian worship in this community and take over the running of the building. As part of this process we changed our name from Heworth Christian Fellowship to Bill Quay Community Church, and have been delighted that so many from the Methodist congregation have continued to worship with us.
The leadership is currently shared between a team of six while we additionally employed a Comunity Outreach Worker, Jane Kitson, as we continue to reach out to the Bill Quay, and wider Gateshead community.