our church history

Here are some steps in our church’s history:

1970s   the Wildwood Estate is built
 

1977     People start meeting in homes on Wildwood, in small Bible study groups. They are encouraged and supported by local Anglican curate John Webb, who starts a Pram Service in the hut left behind by the builders as a Community Centre
 

1980s   The number of Christians meeting continues to grow and, with the support of several churches across Stafford, Sunday morning services start. Wildwood Christian Fellowship charity 515346 is formed
 

1983     Sunday Morning meetings move to the new Wildwood Community Centre

 

1989     Partnership begins with churches led by William Barnard in Monrovia, West Africa

1991    First church leader - Peter Russell – appointed
 

1998   Bernard Glover and Nick Cox appointed as church leaders  
1999   Peter and Maureen Russell leave for Shrewsbury

 

2003   Bernard Glover commissioned as Leader of Wildwood Christian Fellowship
WCF joins Newfrontiers, an international network of charismatic churches led by Terry Virgo

 

2005   Sunday Morning meetings move to Barnfields Primary School 
 

2008    The Gateway (a former GP’s surgery) is opened as a community hub and church offices. 
Markus and Leah Weber start working as youth pastors

 

2010    Bernard and Anne-Marie Glover leave for Dublin, and Graham Russell heads the leadership team
 

2012    Newfontiers becomes several different spheres, including ChristCentral Churches led by Jeremy Simpkins 
 

2013    WCF is renamed Wildwood Church, Stafford 
 

2014    Markus Weber becomes church leader

2016    new Wildwood Church Stafford charity 1169325 created, and all operations transferred from the older WCF charity over the following years 
 

2020    Sunday morning in-person meetings suspended due to Covid-19 – and broadcasts / meetings are  arranged online 
 

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2 Wildwood Gate  Stafford  ST17 4RA

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Wildwood Church, Stafford is a ChristCentral church, part of Newfrontiers, and registered charity 1169325