WHO WE ARE
WHY DO WE EXIST?
We believe that God has called our church to lay the foundations for a long-lasting reawakening.
Everything we do flows out of a desire to see many people come awake to God and alive in Jesus.
We are one church in multiple locations: in Glasgow’s West End, Southside and Royston and also Belfast in Northern Ireland.
We prioritise obsessive closeness with Jesus, living with gutsy faith, with a heart to see people grow and become who God has made them to be.
We are people who seek to live lifestyles saturated in loving the Bible and prayer.
We love to receive people with over the top hospitality, showing love and honour to others because God has loved them first. Each location of Re:Hope shares the same vision and values, but is locally attuned to their community and calling.
THE STORY SO FAR
For a decade, our connection to Belfast has been unusually strong. We have seen hundreds of Northern Irish students come through Re:Hope during their university years. As far back as 2007, our Senior Pastor, Brian Ingraham has been in speculative discussions about when Re:Hope might plant a church in Belfast.
In the autumn of 2015, Josh and Ruth Binstead felt God calling them to plant a church in Belfast, but at the point of saying yes, the vision of how and where was not in place. These details really came into place when Josh brought God’s call before Brian Ingraham and from that point the vision of Re:Hope Belfast began to materialise.
Josh continued to pastor a church in London from that Autumn through until May 2016. It was during this time that conversations were being had with people in Belfast and details of what this plant would look like were being talked about with Brian and the team in Glasgow. Each month Josh would spend a few days travelling from London to Belfast to spend time with people and share the vision that was developing.
Over the next nine months the team continued to grow and in May 2016 Josh and Ruth made the move from London to Belfast with their young son Reuben.
Throughout the summer small gatherings of people started to meet in the basement café space at May Street Presbyterian with new people showing up each week. In August, Stephen and Abby Mayes joined the core team, with Stephen taking on the role of Worship and Creative Pastor.
In September, 2016 we moved into a new venue, with a new format, within May Street Presbyterian Church which was the unofficial launch of a Sunday service. From September to December we continued to meet on Sundays building our Launch Team and on Sunday 8th January, 2017 we had our official launch.
In December 2018 we transitioned out of May Street Presbyterian Church and on Sunday 6th January, 2019 we celebrated our 2nd birthday in Malone Lodge Hotel, a short walk from Queens University Belfast - our new home for Sunday gatherings.
We would love for you to come and be part of the journey. We look forward to meeting you soon!