Our Pastor is John Parker.  He writes:

'I was delighted to have been approved by the Anglican Mission in England to lead Cornerstone, a new Anglican Church in Colchester.

'It is a particular joy to be doing so with a wonderful group of people, whom I trust and have deep friendships with, as we seek to start a church with committed relationships at its heart.

'Convinced that many more people need to hear the amazing news of Jesus Christ, I have dedicated my life to understanding it and how it challenges us personally and our modern society.'

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'I became a Christian during my first year at university where I studied Evolutionary Biology. I also met my wife Mim there and we have three daughters.   Over the years I have been a teacher, a youth and children's minister as well as leading a church plant and an established church.

'Ever since university I have been interested in the challenges to the Christian faith from a biological point of view and so am currently studying part time for a master's degree in 'The Bible and the Contemporary World' through St Andrews University, alongside starting Cornerstone Church Colchester.

'When I am not reading and preparing to bring the message of Jesus Christ to people, I enjoy fishing, gardening, in fact anything outdoors, including swimming, canoeing, surfing, walking and rock climbing. I love it when the family, including Pippin the dog, come along too!

In 2019, I left the Church of England.  If you want to find out more about this, do follow these links:

'Vicar resigns'

'I have red lines'

Another Church for Colchester

'Of Frogs and Fish'



John, Mim and their family are supported by a small team who are working together to launch Cornerstone Church Colchester.

Our team has a wonderful mix of ages, from families with little ones all the way to middle aged and beyond!

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Since the lifting of lockdown we have loved meeting together in our homes, be it on a Sunday or on many other occasions during the week.  We continue to use Zoom too, especially for our evening meetings, as this enables those with little ones in bed to attend too.

Since meeting in person, our regular numbers have more than doubled and we are privileged to have a lovely group of children. We are a mix of ages and backgrounds - it is exciting to see God draw together our church community.