About us

People

We are Christians from a range of church backgrounds (Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Independent, Charismatic) and none, as well as people who have grown up in this church.

Our identity and purpose as a church is based firmly on knowing Jesus personally and the teaching of the Bible. We aim to live with integrity by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and showing love and support to people in the church, home, community and workplace.

Leadership

The church has two Co-Ministers, Steve Gaze & Kate Gaze. They live in the village and have three children. Read more about them here. They are supported by two volunteer leaders, or elders, Robbie Thomson and Pauline Blower, chosen by the church. They were joined in 2018 by Children and Families Worker Liz Wadsworth.

Read a message from Liz here.

Origins and Associations

We are a member church of the Eastern Baptist Association and a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), number 1163049. The CIO is called Hardwick Christian Fellowship, for historical reasons, and we were formerly registered under the number 801775.

The charity trustees are Steve Gaze (ex officio as co-minister), David Sage (ex officio as Treasurer), Liz Pamplin (ex officio as Secretary), Susie Thomson, and Enid Instone-Brewer

The church dates back to the mid 1980s when a Christian family moved into a house on the relatively new Limes Estate in Hardwick and invited any other interested Christians from Hardwick to join them on Sunday afternoons to pray for the village. Fairly soon, those Christians were meeting for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and evangelism, and Hardwick Christian Fellowship (later to take the name Hardwick Evangelical Church) was born.