The History of Chester Road Baptist Church

The birth of the new Chester Road Baptist Church began with the death of an old one. On 31st July 1890 the Circus Chapel in Bradford Street, Birmingham, was dissolved and the site was sold. The money was handed over to Trustees appointed by the West Midland Baptist Association and on 10th July 1899 the site on Chester Road at the corner of Boldmere Road was purchased. Whilst funds were being raised for a new building a it was decided to erect a temporary tin structure the “Tin Tab”. The opening services are announced for 20th June 1905 and the church was formally constituted 16th October 1905.  The most recent addition is the new entrance area opened for our centenary in 2005. Refreshments are served here after the morning service.
 
For the full story up to our centenary in October 2005 please download
 
 
Our Minister at the time of the centenary, Revd Ken Hawkings, retired after 15 years as our Minister in July 2007.   There followed an interregnum of 1½ years when we able to celebrate the induction of a new minister Revd David Dewey in January 2009.
 
In 2012 our Revd Dewey completed his doctorate and wrote:

I have been studying with Surgeon's Baptist College in south London, but the degree (a DMin rather than a PhD) is awarded by the University of Wales. My graduation will be at Spurgeons on June 23rd.

My subject, drawing on my experience as a writer for Scripture Union's Daily Bread, was Personal Bible Reading among evangelical Christians and how it functions as a means of our spiritual growth. I reflected on the changing pattern of the traditional Quiet Time and whether daily reading notes actually help Bible improve their Bible reading skills or whether they merely spoon-feed Christians. (Well, that's 55,000 words in a small nutshell!)

September 2012 saw the appointment of a student minister, Mark Francis-Green, who Chester Road sponsored for training at Bristol Baptist College for 3 years.  Mark completed his training in 2015 and began a church plant in Castle Vale in September 2015.  On the 8th May 2016 Mark was formally ordained at Chester Road.

In August 2015 Revd Dewey took early retirement and so began a further period of interregrum supported by our Moderator Revd Alan Pike, Minister at George Road Baptist Church.