Our wider family of churches

We are part of Catalyst, one group within the Newfrontiers network.


Newfrontiers was one of several new church groups to emerge in the UK in the late 1970s and early 1980s as groups of Christians sought a greater reality of the life of the Holy Spirit amongst them. Newfrontiers formed under the leadership of Terry Virgo based in Brighton. Over a thirty-year period this movement grew significantly to comprise over 800 churches world-wide.

Around ten years ago Terry handed over responsibility to a new generation of leaders. Newfrontiers in the UK has evolved into five apostolic “spheres”, networks of churches that are overseen by a recognised apostolic leader and are connected on the basis of relationship.


One of the groups to emerge from this transition was Catalyst which comprises around 80 churches in the UK and is overseen by a team led by Simon Holley who is based in King’s Arms Church in Bedford.

Every other year we meet with around 4000 others from the UK Catalyst churches for the Catalyst Festival near Leamington Spa.

We are connected to other local Catalyst churches in Crowborough, Heathfield, Hailsham and Lewes. The leaders of these churches meet regularly and we are overseen by Andy Johnston, formerly the leader of the Hailsham church but now based at King’s Community Church Hedge End near Southampton.