Our Story

Catford Hill Baptist Church starts in 1878, led by a pastor in his early 20s. The church plant was part of Charles Spurgeon’s vision to reach London.

Catford Hill and Allerford Chapel come together to become King’s Church Catford.

Steve and Deb Tibbert arrive to lead King’s, a church of around 200 people.

We begin to run the Alpha course which has run each term since, seeing hundreds of lives changed as a result.

King’s starts to grow and King’s Centre 2000, a major extension of the building, is completed.

The Jericho Road Project, our mercy ministry to the homeless and disadvantaged, is launched, and South Lee Christian Church joins King’s.

Over 500 people are now coming to King’s. To accommodate this surge in growth, a further extension to the auditorium is completed.

As the number of people joining continues to rise, we become a church with multiple meetings – a second meeting starts in 2005 and a third in 2008.

The Gracism series helps us take intentional steps in building a diverse church.

We purchase a new building in Lee which will go on to house a new site and our offices.

King’s becomes a multi-site church as Downham Family Church joins us, and we launch the Lee site. We are now one church meeting on three sites in Catford, Downham and Lee, with over 1,000 people attending each Sunday.

Since we are no longer based only in Catford, we change our name to King’s Church London to reflect our wider vision and reach.

The newly refurbished Lee auditorium opens, accommodating 500 people.

We explore the issues around diversity further in our Invited series. To serve our growing team, we move the offices to fantastic new facilities on our Lee site.

King’s gathers over 1,500 each Sunday. We launch Vision 2030, and a fourth site opens in Beckenham.

We start the year with 21 days of prayer with hundreds gathering to pray and worship. In resonse to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday services, groups and prayer meetings go online.

Phil and Sarah Varley, who have served King’s alongside Steve for 20 years, move to the Netherlands to plant a church in Rotterdam. King's starts to gather again in-person.  

King’s continues the process of rebuilding after COVID-19, meeting back together across our sites. We run our Undivided series looking at the topics of Race, Grace and Galatians.