Our Story

Learn about our history, our beliefs and meet our team

Origins

London has been described as a city where people often feel deeply alone and deeply stressed. For such a city, the dream was for a new church to be started with a simple message: rest is possible in Jesus, and community is possible in the Church.

In 2015 Tim and Lindsey Chaddick moved from California, to start Reality Church London. The vision was clear: to see a new Church planted that would gather together a community of people passionate about following Jesus, making him known and seeking renewal in London.

Launched in 2016

Birthed in prayer and with a committed core team, Reality Church London began meeting in the autumn of 2016. First gathering at Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden, and then God brought the church east to London School of Economics. All the while the church’s presence was growing throughout London, with Community Groups forming across the city.

New Leadership

After four years of faithful ministry, the Chaddick’s responded to God’s call to return to California in September 2020. At the same time, Bijan and Michelle Mirtolooi, then serving at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, accepted the call to serve Reality as lead pastor, and moved to London with their daughter Esmé in January 2021.

RCL Today

Today Reality Church London gathers together for worship every Sunday at Central Foundation Boys’ School in east London. The church also gathers during the week throughout the city in Community Groups, building friendships, seeking God, and pursuing mercy and justice.

We are a community following Jesus, making him known and seeking renewal in London. Our story is still being written and we’d love to have you join us.

Why the name ‘Reality’?

What if ultimate reality was actually good news?

The startling thing about the Bible is that when its authors pull back the curtain on what reality really is, they don’t point to principles or platitudes; they point to a person. Colossians 2:17 tells us, ‘Reality is found in Jesus’. At the heart of Christianity lies the belief that Jesus—who he is and what he has done–is to be the very centre, source and foundation of life, that he is the answer to the greatest problem and deepest longing of humanity.

Our church is built on these convictions, because Jesus is reality. We exist to follow him and make him known.

Our Mission & Vision

Reality Church London exists to be a community following Jesus, making him known, seeking the renewal of London. We do this by following Jesus day-by-day, belonging to each other as a church family, bringing our friends to Jesus, and serving London with the whole gospel.

Our beliefs

Reality Church London believes:
In one God
In one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Creator
God created everything for his glory, and that men and women were created in the image of God.
God’s Word
The Bible is God’s Word, the authority for Christian life and practice. As a collection of writings, the Bible tells a unified story of which Jesus is the saviour and hero.
Salvation
The good news that salvation is possible in and through Jesus Christ. A person can be reconciled to God on the single ground of faith in the death of Jesus. Reconciliation with God is needed since every person has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
In the Church
A diverse community of people who come together because they’ve been loved by Jesus Christ. As a church we seek to share God’s love, grace, and healing in London.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit gifts and guides the church to be Christ’s representatives in our city.
Marked by Love
The church should be marked by love. Christians are called to be examples of the love of God in this world. It is this love that we desire to be known by, and without it we have no right to call ourselves Christians.
Jesus Returning
Jesus will return one day to establish his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. When he does, everything will be put to rights and all that is sad will come untrue.
Have questions? Send us an email to learn more about what we believe and practice as a church.

Our family of Churches

Reality Church London is part of a family of churches held closely together through friendship, a shared approach to ministry, and a commitment to the Gospel of Jesus bringing renewal in their cities. For more information on the Reality family of churches, click on each below:

Our Leadership Team

Meet the staff team and leaders at Reality Church London.
Meet Our Staff Team:
Gabrielle Barenda
Worship Coordinator
Beth Collingridge
Director of Worship
Luke Hamilton
Director of Operations
Bijan Mirtolooi
Lead Pastor
George Style
Intern
Molly Vergani
Administrator
Meet Our Church Leaders:
Ross Abbink
Sound Lead
Andrew Baughen
Faith at Work Lead
Tumi Belo
Kids & Creche Lead
Esther Chan
Set Up & Tear Down Lead
Meg Cunningham
Media Lead
Chapman Maddox
Coffee Lead
Brent & Tara Malcolm
Hampstead CG Leads
Bijan & Michelle Mirtolooi
Bethnal Green CG Leads
Isabelle & Toyin Odusanwo
Prayer Leads
Nia Simpson
London Bridge CG Lead
Sophie & Iain Taylor
Connect Leads
Dustin & Jihan Watkins
Zoom CG Leads
Enoch Yang
London Bridge CG Lead

Get in touch

If you’re new, exploring faith, have a question, a pastoral enquiry or just want to say hello, we would love to hear from you.
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