Who We Are

Go, Grow, Glorify

BCC Community Church

We are a fellowship that has existed in Leeds since the early 1900's and is today a thriving church full of people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. One thing we have in common is that we have given our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. In doing so, we have found forgiveness from sin, peace of mind, and assurance for the future. We are a lively church, and hope that you enjoy our informal worship and welcoming atmosphere.

Our History

It was in 1910 that Thomas Henry Jewitt became the pastor of Mount Tabor Mission. At that time, the Church was in Mount Tabor Place in the Burmantofts area of the city. The church grew steadily, and in 1921 moved to Bickerdyke Street off York Road, where it became known as Mount Tabor Pentecostal Church. In 1927, Pastor Jewitt invited the evangelist George Jeffries to conduct a two-week mission. This was to be a defining time in the life of the church. The Salem Central Hall was booked for two weeks, where meetings were held every afternoon and evening; the crowds coming to the meetings were so big that many had to be turned away! More than 2000 people responded to the gospel during this fortnight. The church became so large that they could no longer meet in Bickerdyke Street. For the next four years, from 1927 to 1931, they rented different buildings in the city, including the Albert Hall in Cookridge Street (now the Carriageworks Theatre). On Saturday the 30th May 1931, the new church in Bridge Street was officially opened, and came to be known as Bridge Street Pentecostal Church. In 1940 Pastor Jewitt passed away, having served the church for 30 years. In more recent years, we have planted a daughter church in Boston Spa, and later in Chandigarh in Northern India. As the church continued to grow, the need for a new space became very clear. After a long period of prayer and waiting, God graciously provided our current site in Rider Street; back in Burmantofts where our roots lay.

We are amazed by His faithfulness and give Him the glory for all He has done.

Meet the team

Our Team

All we do here at BCC would not be possible without our dedicated team, who make sure that all the spiritual and practical aspects of church life are sorted so that you can have the best Church experience possible.

Governance

BCC is governed by a body of Elders and Trustees, who support the Ministry teams and Church staff in outworking our vision, mission and beliefs.

Elders

The Elders of BCC are responsible for the Spiritual governance of the Church. They are the group who pray into and wait for God’s leading, as well as policy making and driving through all things affecting the spiritual health and the life of the church.

Paul

Michael

John

James

Diego

Shola

Alan

Trustees

The trustees are responsible for facilitating and outworking the Elders vision and direction for BCC in a practical way. They direct the affairs of the church, ensuring that it is well-run and effectively delivers our vision.

Onene

Olorunda

Ian

Craig

Charles

Alan

Rebecca

Ministry Leaders

Steve Reilly

Steve served as an apprentice electrician and worked in engineering for 10 years before joining Bridge Street Church as the Youth worker in 1986. In 1996 he became Associate Pastor, before finally taking on the role of Senior Pastor in 2010. Steve has been married to his wife Karen for 33 years, and they have 2 grown-up children. When not at work, Steve enjoys playing golf, supporting Leeds United, and going for walks with Karen- as long as cake and coffee are involved!

Andy Lancaster

Andy served as member of the original team that planted The Kings Church in Boston Spa, before becoming an Elder and a Trustee at Bridge Street Church.  In 1993 he joined the Pastoral team with responsibility for Pastoral care, a role in which he continues to serve. Amongst his Pastoral work, Andy organises and facilitates BCC’s New Life Group, a course which allows new Christians to learn more about the Christian faith and the Bible’s teachings. Andy is married to Melanie and they have 2 grown-up sons.

Youth Leader

We are currently recruiting for this role...

Children’s Ministry

Claire, Pauline and Jo are our creative and enthusiastic children’s ministry team. They are responsible for all of the fun and exciting meetings, events and activities that we offer for children aged 0-11 here at BCC.

We also have a dedicated team of Splashtime workers, who prepare and run the wonderful Splashtime sessions that take place Monday-Friday during the school term.

For more details on all that our Children’s Ministry has to offer, including more information about Splashtime, please visit our BCC Kids Ministry Page

Rigat

Pauline

Monica

Jo

Claire

Angela

Operations & Facilities

Admin Team

Church Office

If you call BCC, you will reach our wonderful Admin team! They are your go-to for anything related to bookings, church events and general enquiries- there is very little they can’t answer for you! If you need to get in touch with one of our admin staff, you can find details on how to contact them here

Finance

Dave and Richard oversee the accounts of the church. If you would like more information about giving, please visit our Giving Page

Matthew

Richard

Maggie

Elaine

Dawn

David

Facilities Team

Caretakers

BCC has a brilliant and dedicated team of caretakes, who do a wonderful job cleaning and maintaining the site. They ensure that our floors are clean, our toilets sparkling, and that everything on the site works properly when you arrive.

Café

Café Oasis is our on-site café, whose team are ready to welcome you with a smile, a freshly prepared coffee and some delicious treats. Café Oasis offers a selection of hot and cold food, as well as drinks, cakes, and ice creams. If you are interested in volunteering in the Café, please visit our Get Involved page.

Patience

John

Emaniel

Diego

Carol

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