We are the largest growing church in Western Europe. Our phenomenal growth and
success is built on strong leadership, our investment in the socio-economic and
spiritual needs of multi-cultural communities and our overall desire and commitment
to live our lives based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Within our first 15 years our congregation grew from 300 members to thousands in attendance every Sunday.
The beginning of our Journey
Our journey began in September 1992, when Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo and 300 members rented a hall at Holloway Boys School, North London. These humble beginnings reflect the persistence, faith, prayer and patience of a church that is destined for great things.
‘The Year of Miracles’
In three years our membership grew to a staggering 3,000. In order to accommodate this growth, we began to hold three Sunday services. All three floors of the building where used as the service was broadcast live via huge projectors and sound systems.
1995 was known as ‘Year of Miracles’ because we began to see dynamic transformations not only in the size of our congregation but also in the development of services we were able to offer our members and visitors.
We live in exciting times and believe that modern technology has a part to play in reaching people and sharing the Gospel. We began to use technology to broadcast our church services on cable television, reaching potential audiences of 40 million viewers worldwide.
By utilising the professional skills of our staff, stewards and members, we began bringing people together, building support networks and providing sound practical advice to address every day issues.
As a result we have introduced:
Legal counselling – professionally managed by registered legal practitioners who are also members of KICC
Career counselling – which has been running in partnership with a local London Borough
Educational counselling – supplied by qualified teachers to GCSE and A level students.
‘Raising Champions taking Territories’
In August 1998 we moved to our new site at Waterden Road and named it the ‘Miracle Centre’, which was officially opened by renowned Christian leader – Dr Morris Cerrullo.
We owe our continuous success first and foremost to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We have witnessed our many miracles and through commitment to Christian teachings we support others so that they can experience their own personal miracles.
KICC agreed to vacate its 10 acre site and buildings in Waterden Road to make way for the 2012 Olympic Games. We worked closely with the LDA and ODA to find a new home but we were unsuccessful in securing one.
For 5 years we worked closely .
For more than 5 years we viewed many buildings but none were able to replicate the facilities we formerly had in Hackney.
12 months on…
In 1993 Darnley Road, East London became our new home. Here, we purchased a three-storey property that was capable of seating 1,000 people.
Under the direction and leadership of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, KICC maintained an open, honest and welcoming approach to all visitors. This attracted many more people to come and share in the KICC experience.
Our approach also had a positive effect on children and young teens; whose increase in attendance figures led to us purchasing an additional building to house our Children’s Church.
‘The Year of Increase’
We call this ‘The Year of Increase’ because the seeds of prayer fervently sown in previous years were beginning to bear fruit.
We opened an additional branch in the South West to accommodate our growth and our KICC Choir Outreach embraced many public opportunities to use music and song to communicate Christian values to various audiences throughout London.
We also began to broadcast on the GOD Channel and other TV networks.
By 1997 we were running four Sunday services and we began to hold additional services at the Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Central Hall and York Hall also in Hackney.
By the end of this year our dedicated membership began to reach the 4,000 mark. This is a significant period in KICC history.
Historically Christian congregations have struggled to raise funds to purchase property or build churches. However, we acquired eight acres of land at 57 Waterden Road, East London for £2.7million – DEBT FREE!
Although up against competition from major corporate companies such as Sainsbury’s and well known property developers, we truly believe that our faith in God and an application of His teachings, enabled us to purchase this property.
In twelve weeks we renovated and refurbished the two warehouses on the site, transforming them into a state-of-the-art 4,000 seater building, with employee offices, car parking facilities and a video recording production suite.
In 2012, after many months of negotiation, we successfully acquired a 24 acre facility with 12 large buildings and two foundations at Buckmore Park, Chatham, Kent to house the new headquarter Church and Church offices. All these were acquired for £5m debt-free! Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends of KICC.
In July 2014 KICC Prayer City was officially opened and dedicated by Pastor Enoch A Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
The 24 acre site, with its 12 buildings enable us to enjoy much more than we had at Waterden road. This is an answer to our prayers and we have called it Prayer City.
An ever-increasing number of people continue to attend our Sunday services, exciting events and special programmes at KICC headquarters, branches and chapels.
At KICC Prayer City Sunday morning service is at 11am and evening service is at 7pm. There is also King’s Kids (for children aged 5-12), TNT (teenage meetings for 13-18 year olds) and KYAM (for young adults aged 19-30 years old).
At KICC The Land of Wonders, 468 – 474 Hoe Street Walthamstow, Sunday morning services are at 8.00 am and 9.30 am.