Poynton Christian Fellowship’s founding minister Glyn Thomas, who died in March 2009, was the son of a Welsh-blooded preacher. He became a minister young and pioneered churches in Glasgow, Ripon, Bollington and Grimsby before feeling a clear call at the end of the 1970s to start a new church in Poynton.
In line with his association with the Assemblies of God, Glyn and his wife Betty founded Poynton Christian Fellowship (PCF) with the vision of a congregation thriving on full personal expression of their faith and worship.
Starting in Glyn and Betty’s own home with just a handful of people, PCF was, by 1980, able to complete the purchase of the former Methodist building at 307 Park Lane, Hockley. The building had been erected in 1832 for use as a Methodist chapel for local colliery workers and then was extended in the early 20th century to provide a local school facility.
Over the years, it has been a spiritual home to hundreds of people from this locality and beyond.
Whilst still an adolescent, Glyn’s son, Steve Thomas' heart was captured by a vision for God's work in Bollington, and in time, along with a PCF group from the Bollington area, went on to found Bollington Christian Life Church.
In December 1997, with a PCF group from the Cheadle Hulme and Bramhall areas, Glyn went to plant a church in Cheadle Hulme, handing over the local pastoring of PCF to Andrew Allan and Trevor Mobbs.
When, in 2002, Glyn increasingly began to focus on overseas missions through Light and Life Ministries, Trevor moved to pastor the church in Cheadle Hulme.
The two church plants in Bollington and Cheadle Hulme became independent of PCF in subsquent years.
Andrew Allan became Senior Pastor of Poynton Christian Fellowship in 2002. Andrew and Cia were trained at St Andrew's Church in Chorleywood and then Kingdom Faith Bible College in Horsham. In 1995, the Lord called them back to Poynton. Andrew went on to complete his studies for AOG Ministerial Status and became an accredited AOG Minister in 1999.
Since then, Andrew and his wife Cia have built on the foundation established by Glyn and Betty. In the last few years, strong links with the local community have been forged, as well as a growing sense of community within the church membership itself. The church continues to attract people from all ages and backgrounds, including a thriving and growing number of young people.
Poynton Christian Fellowship is also a very active part of Churches Together in Poynton and as part of 'Poynton Action Trust', is involved in many community initiatives such as 'Drug Proof Your Kids', 'Parenting' Classes and also 'Gateway' and 'Through the Gate' - two mentoring programmes for high school children which provide credits that count towards the Duke of Edinburgh award.
In recent years, the Park Lane buildings have been transformed by a £500,000 quality development programme, with full disabled access, thoroughly modernising PCF’s home and adding new social and meeting facilities in the form of the Hockley Centre. These improvements provide much needed facilities in the Hockley area as we seek to serve the community in Poynton and beyond, and are also helping us to meet the needs of PCF's growing congregation.
The heart of PCF is to touch the community with the love and power of Jesus Christ, and one outworking of this is our weekly outreach work amongst the youth of Poynton through the street pastors team - 'Connect', and also reaching out to people in various areas of need. Our desire is to give everyone an open invitation to come and be part of one of God’s expressions of love in the village of Poynton.