Our History

Our History
On December 2, 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 (A.I.B.C.) alternated  between the Pett and Ballard family homes. On January 6, 1980, the church started meeting in the Village Hall in Little Stukeley. The church was formally organised on April 27, 1980 with 16 charter members.
In 1981 the church, needing more room, was able to meet in a portable building at 33 Ermine Street, Little Stukeley.  By the end of 1981 attendance seemed to be growing however by 1983 it dwindled down to just five people.  In January of 1983 missionary Hal Williams resigned and returned to the USA.  In May of 1983 the remaining church approached pastor Rick Stucke who had been the Missionary pastor at the New Testament Baptist Church in Mildenhall. The New Testament Baptist Church had just called their second non-missionary pastor, allowing pastor missionary Stucke was free to come as a missionary pastor to work with the church (A.I.B.C) to lead them in growth and stability.
During the latter part of 1983 the Alconbury RAF base was expanding and many new airmen began to attend this church. So under the ministry of  missionary pastor Stucke the church was consolidated and grew in size.  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 as a future church location!
On October 21, 1984, the church members voted to buy the property at 37 Ermine Street for 78,000.00 pounds. The portable building was moved to the new location and expanded in size as the Sunday morning worship attendance grew to 125.  In June of 1985 pastor Stucke stepped down as missionary pastor. Then in July of 1985 the church called Ron Valerio to be the first non-missionary pastor. He resigned in November of 1986 and returned to the USA.
Pastor Rick Stucke was approached and invited to become the second non-missionary pastor of A.I.B.C.  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 a ground-breaking took place for the present sanctuary and fellowship hall.  Sunday Morning attendance averaged 175.  The year 1989 saw the completion of the sanctuary 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.   In Gods goodness and providence the congregation at Alconbury paid for the building we have today. Pastor Stucke resigned in November of 1990 and returned to the USA in January of 1991 to take up a full-time conference ministry. He is currently pastor at Gethesamane Baptist Church Covington Georgia. 
The church officers then approached Foster Covington who had been a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent of (A.I.B.C.) while he was stationed here at RAF Alconbury but was later reassigned to RAF Lakenheath.  He retired as a major from the USAF to train for the pastoral ministry. He was approached by the church officers and agreed to take up the ministry here. He became the church’s third non-missionary pastor in 1991.  Under the ministry of 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 to care for his ageing father.  In 2000 the church called Tom Rooney as the fourth non-missionary Pastor, he resigned after about one year. The church had various Baptist missionaries from 2001- 2017.
In January the church then called pastor Gearóid Marley as their fifth non-missionary pastor.  Pastor Marley continues to the present as our full time non-missionary pastor!  The church is gradually growing and today the church averages about 50 people including children in our morning worship service.  We believe in the Lords grace and goodness 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


Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:45am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our ushers.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.45 am with a warm welcome from one of our church members. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. There will be scripture reading and pastoral prayer. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. Pastor or one of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a hymn.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service. This time of fellowship is a great way to meet people. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets past the fellowship hall.


What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 4 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Sunday School (4-10 years)
  • Explorers (11-16 years) Stay in service but will meet 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 7pm

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. During the 3rd hymn, it’s time for the younger members to go to the Sunday School. The kids can join the parents in the fellowship hall as soon as the service finishes.


Getting Connected

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

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