Trinity Church Oxford
A new FIEC-supported church plant in central Oxford launches this weekend.
Oxford has played a momentous role in the history of the propagation of the gospel – think Tyndale, Wycliffe, Owen, Whitefield, the Wesleys, C.S. Lewis. All of them lived and worked in the city for significant periods of their lives. It might surprise you to learn, then, that there hasn’t been an Independent evangelical church ministering to students in the heart of Oxford for more than 100 years.
This weekend, however, that’s about to change. A church plant led by Peter Comont, formerly senior pastor of Magdalen Road Church on the outskirts of the city, is opening its doors right on the doorstep of the University at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre on Littlegate Street. Born out of a small but enthusiastic house group, Trinity Church harbour big hopes that God will do big things as they partner with local churches and ministries already working in the city like the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
“Trinity Church”, says Peter, “is all about meeting students where they’re at with the life-changing message of Jesus. On the one hand we want to bring a very ordinary family-church experience to the heart of the university so that students can get a much-needed breath of normality amid the pressures of college life. But on the other hand we also want to offer them preaching that speaks to both head and heart with intellectual rigour, equipping opportunities that are stretching and that create opportunities to grow in community, and worship that’s rich, diverse and engaging.”
Trinity Church has already amassed a wide-ranging group of thoughtful supporters, including Julian Hardyman, Senior Pastor of Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge; Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford; and Don Carson, of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and The Gospel Coalition.
Peter will be supported in leadership by an associate, Neil Martin – a Brit who oversaw the update of the NIV Bible for Zondervan before accepting a pastoral role with his church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The emerging eldership of the new church also benefits from the organisational and theological expertise of former Amazon staffer, Matt Round, and from the wisdom and church planting experience of recently-retired lawyer, Robin Cooper.
“Oxford is a national and global cultural centre”, says Peter. “Students that graduate from here go on to serve in positions of influence in politics, science, and the arts in almost every country on earth. Only one British Prime Minister since the war wasn’t educated at Oxford. And yet the spiritual landscape in the city today is dominated by humanism and secular atheism.”
“Trinity Church is small group of ordinary and less-than-ordinary people with a vision to contest that reality in the name of Jesus. The odds are stacked against us from the human perspective. But when I read the Bible I find God starting with the small and the insignificant to make his Kingdom come.”
“Do please pray for us that God will prosper this work, and that students will meet and be changed by Jesus Christ through our ministry.”
For more information about Trinity Church visit TrinityChurchOxford.com