Our History

A Brief History

The Church is situated near the 'West Gate' of the old town wall adjacent to the Castle.

It was one of a number of places of worship that came into being following the Welsh revival in 1735 when the Spirit of God came upon men like Howell Harris and Daniel Rowlands and their powerful preaching turned the people back to God.

There is good reason to believe that the Church was formed in about 1810, or earlier, and met in a room behind a house in the Main Street, called the York Tavern.

Bethel [that was the name of the original wooden structure] was errected 16 years after in 1826, and very little is known of the church until 1833.

The present "West Gate" Chapel was built in 1866-7, the foundation stone being laid July 11th 1866 and the dedicatory prayer offered by a Rev'd Evans.

The chapel was opened on June 18-19 1867.  West Gate chapel was part of the Calvinistic Methodist Denomination until June 2006.

Westgate has a long history of evangelical ministry:

in 1973, Peter Thorneycroft a young evangelical man from Theological College, began his ministry at Westgate and is now retired, after ministering in Australia and Tazmania.

in 1987, Phillip Steed, another young evangelical man from Theological College, began his ministry at Westgate and is now Regional Director for OMF in Scotland.

in 2003, Edward Evans, another young evangelical man from The London Theological Seminary, began his ministry at Westgate.  

With Edward as Pastor, the congregation at Westgate purchased the building in 2006 and we became an Independent Evangelical Church.  You can hear some of Edwards ministry in the study section of this site.

in 2009, Rev Robert James , an older long established evangelical minister, commenced his ministery at Westgate. Rob's ministry at Westgate finished at the end of March 2015. Sermons preached during Rob's ministry are accessible in the Study section

We are currently without a Pastor, but our Lord has been gracious to us by bringing Pete Roberts and ourselves together. God willing, Pete will commence as Pastor in summer 2017.

 

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