I know this is normal for most people–but I’m a minister! So, as a minister, my goal has always been to build a church for people who don’t like church. For me, church should be a place where one can encounter God and build friendships with other people. It should be a place where you worship with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, not just your own. It should be a place where you can expect to find God’s loving guidance for your life. That is why I enjoy being part of City Temple.
The City Temple is an international church in the heart of London, bringing together people from many different cultural backgrounds. We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us, reliable and true and that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that we might have real life. For us, the Holy Spirit is still active in the world and in our lives, helping us to become people that please God and continue Jesus’s ministry today.
We welcome you to come as you are. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar. You don’t have to clean up your life first. You don’t have to be wealthy, poor, middle-class, English, or anything else. You just need to come, expecting to meet God and others who are learning to follow Jesus Christ.
Rev Dr Rodney D Woods.
Meet The Team
City Temple is an international church in the heart of London, bringing together people from many different nations in unity with each other and with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit
As a culturally diverse church, City Temple welcomes people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Come just as you are and meet us!
Karen and Rod
We at City Temple are members of the Evangelical Alliance.
We believe in…..
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
City Temple, a historic Free Church on the western edge of the City of London, has its roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The traditional date of the founding of the church is 1640. However, some evidence suggests that the church could have begun as early as the 1560s. Puritans, who became known as Non-Conformists, because they refused to conform with the Book of Common Prayer, campaigned for the reform of the Church of England. They wanted the freedom to worship God in accordance with the Bible and the leading of their own consciences. It is the only English Free Church in the City of London worshipping in its own building every Sunday.
City Temple has had a succession of famous ministers: The Puritan Thomas Goodwin, chaplain to Oliver Cromwell; the great Victorian preacher, Joseph Parker; and Leslie Weatherhead, who led the church from 1936-1960.
City Temple was built on Holborn Viaduct in 1874 for worship and preaching in the centre of the city. It’s grand design, layout and worship epitomised the metropolitan ‘gathered church’ model. The church thrived even after the Second World War, when the church was rebuilt and opened for worship in 1958, after having suffered bomb damage.
After a season of decline, the church has become a growing, international fellowship. It is committed to the City of London and its surrounding areas, continuing to cherish its history, but looking forward to the future that God has for it.City Temple works in partnership with many different churches and ministries bringing together people from all over London.