Our Story

We started our journey in 1976. This is our story.

Our History

A family on a journey

Northgate Church, formerly known as the Church of the Way, was established in Chester in 1976.

It was born out of the house-church, charismatic movement that was sweeping the nation at the time.  The Church of the Way’s founder was a Dutch pastor, Goos Vedder, who, with apostolic input from Bryn Jones, laid the foundations.

Early gatherings were in a function room at the old Arts Centre (now the old Library).  The church grew in number from the original 30 people.  Not long after the Arts Centre burned down in 1979, the church members purchased an old congregational Church, just outside Chester’s City Walls by the Northgate and Northgate Church, as we know it today, was established.


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It’s what we see

Our vision and focus might change as we seek to be obedient to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We particularly seek God’s guidance at the beginning of each year and we factor His direction into our budgets and strategy. Therefore, while our vision and focus might change, our values do not.

We are a community of Hope.

We are a non-religious voice, a provoker of change.

We are a passionate, inclusive, worshipping, praying church…that seeks to be naturally supernatural.

We are a radical, generous CITY TRANSFORMING community.
We love those who don’t yet know Jesus and love Jesus with every fibre of our being!  Acts 2:42–47

We believe it’s possible to bring the love of Jesus and the influence of His Kingdom to every sphere that makes up the life of the City. Whether business, education, the arts or government, our members are committed to serving each of these areas with the love of Jesus.

We do this as part of the church across the city, committed to working together in humility and prayer.


It’s how we operate

Jesus is the centre.
It’s about: Honouring Him in all we do

We believe in big but always start small.
It’s about: Active faith, quality and obedience

We honour one another.
It’s about: Valuing all people – speaking well of each other

We are contributors, not consumers.
It’s about: Engagement and involvement – no passengers

We understand who we are.
It’s about: Embracing our limitations – we can’t do everything

We don’t maintain, we multiply.
It’s about: Ongoing, continuous growth – grow up and grow out

We are still learning.
It’s about: Teachable Attitudes – disciples forever

We want to be known for who we are.
It’s about: Promoting unity – taking our place in the Church in the City

We will not take this for granted.
It’s about: Gratitude, thankfulness and grace


Healthy leadership will take us forward

Northgate Church has structured Ministry Teams led by Gerald Sidery working alongside numerous people in all areas of christian life, who are serving and leading to edify the body of Christ, and effect change in the city.


What we believe

We are all about Jesus. What we believe is in order to help us live Jesus centred lives.


The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. Because God inspired it, the Bible is truth without any mixture or error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.


God has existed in relationship with Himself for eternity. He exists as one essence in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they possess equal power and authority.

The Father

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, holy, ever present, unchanging, and worthy of our trust. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

The Son

Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have eternal life.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides us into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.


Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. For man to be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.


Humanity was uniquely created in the image of God to have a relationship with God but became separated in that relationship through willful disobedience. As a result, we cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own efforts.


The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross for our sins, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sins.

The Church

The Church is a community of baptised believers, united through faith and a common purpose in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands. It brings the love of Jesus to the local community and the nations.



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