1957 The Glad Tidings Hall Church (in fellowship with Assemblies of God) now known as Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church (AOG) Redditch, worshipped in a little hall called “The Dickens Fellowship”. Back then, the church didn’t have a pastor but it was kept going by Elder Arthur Adams.
1958 John McFarland joined the Glad Tidings AOG Church and he is now the only surviving member. In 1958 the Glad Tidings AOG moved to the “Kingfisher Hall” in Worcester Road, Redditch. At that time, Worcester Road (which is no longer there) lead into Oakly Road behind the bus station. John Whitehouse (Temporary Pastor) and wife Evelyn Whitehouse looked after the church. They lived in Erdington, Birmingham and travelled by bus every Sunday to Redditch. The bus journey consisted of a bus from Erdington to Birmingham City Centre and a bus from Birmingham City Centre to Redditch. They also repeated this journey during the week to attend mid-week services at the church. Although this was a temporary pastoral position for John, he pastored the church in this way for four years.
1961/2 Ronald Burston took on the permanent role as Pastor for Glad Tidings AOG from John Whitehouse and shortly afterwards, the Glad Tidings AOG church moved to Easemore Road and worshipped in the Scouts Hut. During the 1960’s the church grew as some fantastic services were held in the Scout Hut. Some of the great memories were of Bikers that used to turn up at the hut, take their helmets off and join in the service. These were also scary times as some bikers were aggressive, unpredictable and even violent.
John McFarland was gifted in working with children and young people and had a unique way of getting them to attend church. This included walking into parks, rounding up children in an orderly fashion and then telling them to follow him to church. In 1961 John was instrumental in starting a Sunday School in the village hall in Alvechurch. He and others worked tirelessly at door to door knocking and street walking to encourage parents to send their children to the new Sunday School. At times they would make the thought of attending Sunday School so exciting that the children begged their parents to let them go. Their effort and hard work was worth it as, 100 children were present on the first day of opening the new Sunday School.
John repeated this youth outreach ministry by opening a second Sunday School in the village hall in Hopwood. These were great times as The Glad Tidings AOG had its roots in the town, as well as Sunday Schools in two other nearby villages.
1964 Ronald Burston became the Pastor of the Church. He was a great evangelist and teacher. Under the leadership of Pastor Burston, the church being a Pentecostal church, attracted people from the Windrush generation. Sadly most of these have gone home to be with the Lord, but Sylvia Barnett and Calma Barnett still worship at the church and have been there for more than 50 years. The Glad Tidings AOG moved to Prospect Hill and built a church in 1966. This was the first property owned by the church, albeit the land was not owned by the church. Sadly, for this reason, the church building is no longer there, and the land is now a car park.
1969 Pastor Tom Jones became the leader of the church and remained there in Prospect Hill until the late 1970’s. He appointed a Youth Pastor named David Vaughan.
1977 Pastor Perkins became the pastor of the church following the retirement of Tom Jones. He pastored the church for approximately four years.
1981 David Vaughan became Pastor of Glad Tidings Hall AOG Church and over a period of time the church became known as Redditch Assemblies of God. In 1982 Redditch AOG moved to Elm Road and built the Church. The first phase of the church build was what is now known as the Minor Hall. Phase 2, the Main Auditorium was added to the Minor Hall a couple of years later. The church experienced many miracles over the years including receiving two anonymous gifts of approx £39,000. The Redditch newspapers got hold of the story and gave it a headline “Pennies from Heaven” Pastor David Vaughan was the pastor of Redditch AOG for 30 Years. Remaining church members that were at the church since the 1970’s and 1980’s include: Flora Honeyghan, Gwen Williams, Ivy Thompson, Eulalie Vaughan and Coral Barnett to name a few.
2012 Tim Work pastored the church in 2012 and worked for approximately four years.
2017 The Church was pastored by the leadership team.
2018 Elaine Palmer-Taylor became the Senior Leader.
The vision is to lead souls to the Lord Jesus Christ, in doing so Redditch AOG will impact the community by providing for people’s spiritual needs and where possible, their physical or practical needs.
We look back in gratitude and give thanks to God for the legacy left by the church planters and forerunners who established the AOG church in Redditch many years ago. We have loved and lost many brothers, sisters and friends along the way, but we will remember them.
Looking forward, we pray that Redditch AOG will continue to grow and remain for another 60 + years in the town.