What the Godfirst story looks like in the future is in the hands of those who join us as they bring their own unique contribution to the story God is crafting.
The story of God and you!
"I can still hear it now, 'I think God is saying it's time to move and plant again!' It came out of the blue as Paul finished his best Belfast fish pie. I knew he was right, but where? A month later I was eating again but this time in a London blanketed with February snow. Seemingly against the flow of the conversation my friend David asked, 'Where did you go to University?' As I answered 'Cheltenham', I didn’t admit to myself I knew we had our answer." Howard Kellett
In 2010 the Kelletts moved to Cheltenham, joined by ten great pioneers from across the UK, we began by simply sharing life, eating, praying, meeting people and watching the X factor (when it mattered who won). Slowly people from Cheltenham were gathered into the new church God was building.
In September 2011 we started to meet on Sundays at Pates Grammar School. Although our desire was to have G1 Communities across Cheltenham it seemed God was asking us to start in West Cheltenham. We began to gather people, drawn they said to our warm community life and desire to be disciples of Jesus. As we made disciples we started to look like a church (which felt the right way round).
We soon were gathering people from across Cheltenham and we felt it was time to move into the town centre to be a church for people of Cheltenham wherever they live. In September 2014 Godfirst moved to the amazing Parabola Arts Centre just a 100 yards from The Promenade.
Godfirst is a vibrant and growing community of friends but what the Godfirst story looks like in the future is in the hands of those who join us as they bring their own unique contribution to the story God is crafting.
We embrace the Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith
At Godfirst our passion is to see people put God first in their lives through these 5 biblical imperatives.
We centre ourselves on God. Loving God because he first loved us, we desire to know him in our worship, through the bible, and prayer. Passion fuels action
Loving Each Other
We value loving, and authentic friendships, believing it's not really church if we are not really friends! Love permeates everything
Loving our communities
We are caught up together, with all Jesus’ followers, on God’s radical mission to change lives and communities through the good news of Jesus. Mission is why the church exists
Loving the Vulnerable
We embrace Jesus’ mandate to demonstrate empowering justice, mercy, love and compassion to the lonely, the lost, and the broken around us. People matter most
Loving the Nations
We welcome people from all backgrounds and desire to train and unleash many people to see God first in the UK and the nations of the world. Jesus’ church is the hope of the world
Godfirst is part of Advance a growing movement of churches that emerged out of the Newfrontiers international network of churches. Advance is led by PJ Smyth and is comprised of local churches partnering together to advance the Gospel through planting and strengthening churches to take new ground for the Gospel in cities and nations. At Godfirst we maintain good relationships with all other christians, churches and networks that love Jesus and his gospel.
Howard & Naomi Kellett
Howard and Naomi have been involved in church leadership since 1996 . Before moving to Cheltenham they had pioneered and led Christ Central Manchester for eight years. Prior to that Howard served as an Evangelist on the staff of Kings Church London. Naomi is a teacher and a determined runner! Howard and Naomi have three children who attended Balcarras School, where Howard is a governor. Howard is the Lead Elder and a Trustee, and Naomi leads a Godfirst Community.
Andy and Vic Allen
Andy has been a part of the church plant since it began in 2010, following the Kelletts down from Manchester, where he studied as a social worker. Vic moved back to her hometown of Cheltenham 3 years ago and married Andy. Vic studied theology at Sheffield and currently teaches RE at All Saints Academy. Andy and Vic became parents in March 2015. They are both passionate about the church and hope to one day church plant themselves. Andy is an Elder and Vic serves on the G1 Strategy Team.
Tom and Lucy Hunting
Tom is from Worcester and Lucy is from Bristol so they split the difference and moved to Cheltenham to be part of the G1 launch team in 2010. Tom runs his own construction business. Lucy trained at Warwick as a teacher, but current works part time at the G1 office. Tom and Lucy are kept on their toes by their four young childem. Tom is a an Elder, and Tom and Lucy lead a Godfirst Community.
Now let us ask ourselves some very plain questions. Does God come first in my life or does my business hold the supreme place? Is it God first or pleasure? God first or money? What about my family, my loved ones? Do they come first or does God?" "What then, are the terms of discipleship? Let me give the answer in just two words: "GOD FIRST." And if I could, I would put them on a banner in the sight every congregation in the world - GOD FIRST."