History of the Church

Jennyfield started as a small group of Christains who had previously been meeting in each others homes for Bible study and prayer. A Sunday afternoon service was started with the help of Gareth Crossley the then minister at Zion Evangelical Church Ripon. The first meetings took place at Saltergate School in the community room.

As the work grew larger premises were needed so the Church began looking and eventually found land available on the estate - where the Church is now! At first the plan was to site a 'hut' on the land but God had bigger plans and the 'hut' was never allowed. (it was given to Caring For Life at charity in Leeds just beginning to help homeless young people - see our links pages).

Once the land was eventually purchased from the council with certain constraints, (it only took four years of negotiations) plans was drawn up for the Church building. Pastor Erroll Hulse held a service of dedication for the land and plannning permission was granted in 1989.

After much hard work from dedicated members and builders the Church was finished in 1990. On January 27th 1991 a service of Thanksgiving was held and was taken by Gareth Crossley, Peter Parkinson (then pastor of Leeds Reformed Baptist Church) and Erroll Hulse with others taking part.

Jonathan Bond came to JEC in July 2003 with his family to serve the church as Pastor - he did this faithfully until April 2021.



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