12 Skinner Street, Whitby 01947 820 472

Whitby

Evangelical Church

The History of Whitby Evangelical Church

The church was formed in 1973. The catalyst was the decision of Rev Peter Brumby to leave Methodism. He had been serving churches in Grosmont, Littlebeck, Esk Valley, Briggswath and Sleights, and many of those who were involved at the beginning of the church had been converted under Peter's ministry.

Whitby Evangelical Fellowship (as the church was then known) first met in June 1973 and Rev John Tindall conducted the church's inaugural covenant service on 28th June 1973. The church initially met at a home in Sleights. Peter Brumby had gone to Spain to minister at an English-speaking church on the Costa del Sol, but was called as the church's first minister in December 1973. From 1974 to 1978 the church met at Ruswarp village hall, and then at Stakesby School and Whitby School, before the purchase of the present premises in Skinner Street. The building in Skinner Street had been previously a ballroom, a bakery and café, and a builders' merchant, and required extensive renovation and alteration. At this time the fellowship became known as Whitby Evangelical Church.

After 17 years service, Peter Brumby resigned the pastorate to take up a wider ministry in the North of England. He then served as minister at Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church. After a three year vacancy, John Winter was called in 1993 to be the pastor. He had been involved in a church planting work for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham. In December 1999, John Winter resigned the pastorate, and after a further three year vacancy, David Magowan was called to be the church's pastor. David moved onto Carey Baptist Church, Reading, in August 2009. In March 2014 Peter Robinson (Honiton) responded to a call to the pastorate and became the minister of the church.

Since 1973, the church has seen a steady growth in attendance and membership. The normal morning congregation of around 80-100 is often swelled with holidaying visitors, particularly during the summer months. There are various activities in the church calendar to cater for distinctive groups within the church family. These include Sunday School, 6-10 Club for Primary aged children, SAS for teenagers, Mums and Tots, Ladies Meeting, Midweek Bible Study, etc.

May the favour of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17)