who we are

With a home in the city centre of Chester, Festival Church is made up of all sorts of people of different ages and backgrounds. We're down to earth yet passionate about our faith - convinced that following Jesus is the best way to live. We really value the uniqueness of each individual, and just love it when people discover the message of Jesus for themselves. For us, church is a community, and no one should be left on the outside. 

  To find out more about us, please check out the rest of this website or feel free to contact us directly. We'd love to hear some of your story, and let you know ways you could get involved in the adventure that is Festival Church!


Together with a great team of leaders, Festival Church is led by Tim Rowlands. 

Tim has been the lead pastor since September 2014, joining us after previously leading North Coast Church in Towyn, North Wales. 

Married to Emily, with four children, in his spare time he enjoys music and mountaineering! To find out what Tim's up to, you can follow him on Twitter.

our beliefs

As a church, we affirm the Apostle's Creed as follows: 

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. 

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. 

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

our story

Festival Church first began life as Chester Pentecostal Church. 

It all started when Clifford and Eunice Beasley held a church service in their living room in Kings Crescent East, Great Boughton, on Sunday, 18th January 1976.

Three months later, the Penri Welsh Chapel in Gorse Stacks agreed to allow the new fellowship to use their premises on Sunday afternoons - this continued for a period of 9 months.

In January 1977, the church rented accommodation alongside the Fountains Roundabout and remained there until 1986 when it moved to its present premises in Queen Street (formerly a Welsh Methodist Chapel), and became known as the Queen Street Christian Centre.

In 2015 we marked the next chapter of our story by changing our name to Festival Church.