We exist to be a vibrant city centre Baptist church, which wholeheartedly serves and worships God, where God is at work in people’s lives.
Our vision is to be the kind of church God wants and the world needs as we first seek his kingdom.
Christianity is simply the good news about a person called Jesus and that we can have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus is the Christ, the King who God promised He would send, the Son of God who came into the world to show us how to live and what life in the Kingdom of God is like.
It’s about living for Him and recognising that the things that we do wrong, sin, damages that relationship with Jesus. Christians recognise that we can’t make things right with God by ourselves and so we believe that Jesus made things right with God by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, and has the final word on all matters of faith and practice, as shown in the bible, and that each Church has freedom, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and live by His word.
Christian Baptism is the immersion in water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of those who have turned away from sin and turned towards God and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins; was buried, and rose again the third day'.
That it is the duty of every disciple to be a personal witness to the good news of Jesus Christ, and to take part in sharing this good news with the world.
The leadership team is made up of our minister, the Revd. Steve Ansell, and nine Deacons. The minister has spiritual oversight for the worship, witness and work of the church and deacons serve and function related to a specific area of church life that helps and encourages the whole ministry and mission.
Our Ministry Team
Minister and deacons meet regularly in order to pray together, support each other, share about the special responsibilities each has, discuss and decide when and how to bring issues and recommendations to the church members’ meeting. Decisions on these recommendations are the responsibility of the members’ meeting under God’s guidance. Whenever possible, the perceptions and opinions of non-members are also sought and expressed, to help inform our discussions at the meetings.
We believe that God will and does speak to any of us, member or not, leader or not, in order to teach us and guide us, and that He does give to some the gift of discernment when we are open to Him.
The ministry team is supported by our administrator, the church secretary, the church treasurer and the finance team. We have trustees as required by our constitution and The Charities Commission.
On Sunday, 18th October 2017, Hereford Baptist Church celebrated its 189th Anniversary. Although Baptist history in Hereford goes back over 300 years, the first definite records of a Baptist Church in Hereford began in 1828 and the present church building was opened on Good Friday, 13th April 1838, at the top of Commercial Road.
Since then the church has seen many changes, both in its structure and programme. A succession of ministers and members have constantly adapted to the demands and needs of their times and built a church that has steadily grown in number during the years.