Our History

On 2 December 1979, in the home of George Pett, the Pett, Ballard, and the Rev. Hal Williams families met to form the Alconbury Independent Baptist Church. Services alternated between the Pett and Ballard family homes. On 6 January 1980, the church started meeting in the Village Hall in Little Stukeley. The church was formally organized on the 27th of April 1980 with 16 charter members.

In 1981 the church, needing more room, was able to meet at 33 Ermine Street, Little Stukeley. By the end of 1981 attendance was growing however it began to dwindle. The remaining church members approached pastor Rick Stucke who had been a pastor at Mildenhall to come as a missionary pastor 'to work with the church to lead them in growth and stability'.

During the latter part of 1983 under the ministry missionary pastor Rick Stucke the church was consolidated and grew in size. In 1984 the church received permission to extend the portable building on the property.   Attendance grew to an average of 75 in the Sunday morning service and in September the decision was made to look for a new property.  Mrs Pennington offered the site at 37 Ermine Street, Little Stukeley.

On 21 October 1984, the church voted to buy the property at 37 Ermine Street for 78,000.00. The portable building was moved to the new location and the morning worship attendance grew to 125. In 1985 pastor Stucke stepped down as missionary pastor. The church called Ron Valerio to be the first non-missionary pastor. He returned to the USA in 1986.

Pastor Stucke was approached and invited to become the full time pastor of AIBC. He arrived with his family in January 1987. Under the ministry of Pastor Stucke, the church grew and expanded . The church began the long road to building a church building on its property. In October 1988 ground-breaking took place for the present building. Sunday Morning attendance averaged 175. The year 1989 saw the completion of the auditorium and fellowship hall and a prayer of dedication was made for the new building in April. Work then began on the Sunday school-wing which was completed in 1990. Pastor Stucke returned to the United States in 1990 to take up a full-time conference ministry.

The church officers then approached Foster Covington who had been Sunday School Superintendent while stationed at Alconbury and Lakenheath. He had retired as a major from the USAF and had completed his bible college training. He was called as the third full time pastor and arrived with his family in 1991. Under pastor Covington the ministry expanded and he was well known and well-loved in the local community. His ministry was appreciated in the local churches and he preached in quite a few churches in the UK. . With the bases cutting back, the attendance of the church declined to 110 by the end of 1999. Pastor Convington returned to the USA in 1999 and took up the pastorate in Roanoake Virginia.

Since then the church has been served by various missionaries and the congregation attendance has fluctuated.

The current pastor is G S Marley who arrived with his family in January 2017. The church is gradually growing and today the church averages about 50 people including children in our morning worship service.  We believe the best is yet to come! Please come and visit us. A warm welcome awaits you.
 

Hitherto the Lord hath helped us 1 Sam 7:12