History of Freedom Church

In 1978 four people started meeting in a home in Romsey in the earliest days of Romsey Christian Fellowship, with a vision to do church differently! In addition to their Sunday gatherings they also formed a connection with a new church in Southampton called The Community Church, meeting with them in one of their Southampton midweek house groups.  As their numbers increased Romsey based groups were started and the larger numbers led to Sunday meetings being held at the English Court building at the end of Alma Road.

By 1981 the church of about 40 people was renamed as New Life Church and as it continued to grow, various meeting places were rented including the Town Hall, Crosfield Hall and local schools.

For 30 years or so the church was led by Pastor Peter Light who retired in 2013 when the current leader Sim Dendy took over. Then a name change to Freedom Church was made in 2015 to reflect the mission of the church to bring freedom to as many people as possible, reflected in their close ties with Christians Against Poverty Debt Counselling work and the Romsey Foodbank, as well as their teaching on living lives of freedom in close relationship with Christ Jesus.

The church of 200 or so currently meets at The Romsey School in Priestlands on Sundays and in numerous homes around the area for midweek gatherings. Although it has administrative offices these days, Freedom Church still does not yet have its own meeting place.

Ever since Churches Together in Romsey began, we have been a part of what they do. If you would like to know more about the events in the town that Churches Together make available, then please visit www.churchestogetherinromsey.com.

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