Centre Church is the new name for a combination of two churches; Mid Sussex Christian Centre (MSCC) in Burgess Hill and Church on the Rock in Brighton. Over the last few years Tyler and Donna, who originally pioneered Church on the Rock, have taken on the leadership of MSCC, bringing together the two fellowships under one collective leadership structure. As such, the churches have grown together in the past year and have decided to ‘re-brand’ as Centre Church; a church with Jesus at its Centre.
Church on the Rock
The Church on the Rock story began back in 2006 when Tyler, Donna and their two Children moved to the UK from Canada and pioneered a new church in Brighton. The church looked to reflect the truth of who God is and reach the world around them. It was a church that welcomed all people and encouraged them to find acceptance, healing, and purpose in a relationship with Christ and other Christians. In addition to this, the church aimed to be a ‘sending church’ that initiated and supports other church plants throughout the UK and Europe.
The MSCC story goes back much further. MSCC was formed in 1976 (originally as Burgess Hill Pentecostal Church). Their property, which is now the Centre Church Burgess Hill campus, was originally dedicated for Christian worship in 1829. An additional hall, which now serves as the main hall for Sunday Services, was completed in 1923 with an adjoining reception area and balcony being added by 1980.
MSCC has its roots with the founding co-pastors, the late Jean-Jaques Zbinden and John Wildrianne, who had a vision to see a Pentecostal church established in Burgess Hill. Both these men, and their wives, were involved with the work of the International Bible Training Institute, a Pentecostal Bible school that itself has a long history of ministry in the area.
MSCC’s core values were the belief that they were called to serve the community of Mid-Sussex with the Christian gospel message. As such, the church became a centre for Christian worship and activity throught the week, not just on a Sunday.
If you get a moment, please watch the ‘Our Story’ documentary below which highlights some of the lives that have been touched by God through the ministry of MSCC over the years.
Centre Church – The Future
We, as a combination of both churches, are Centre Church. We are one church who meet in two locations and we are very much committed to our collective history whilst, at the same time, actively seeking God for the future. We are a church who are missional, who love God and love people. Jesus is the centre of all we are and all we do, so, we look to declare that love to people in practical ways.