The Junction Church Loughborough was planted in October 2012. It was pioneered by Pastors Roy & Lydia Todd. Just a few years earlier, they were about to relocate from the UK and move to America to be based at a church in Florida. However, after praying about it, they strongly felt this would be the wrong move. So they changed the plan and decided to remain in the UK. It was during this time that the dream was birthed in their hearts to pioneer a brand new church where they lived.
So in September 2010, Roy & Lydia started a Sunday night meeting in the village of Kegworth (which is just 5 miles from Loughborough). The purpose of the meeting was for people to worship God, receive some bible teaching and experience the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The event was simply called ‘Junction 24’ because of it’s proximity to the motorway junction.
These meetings were raw and real. However, as a result of them, a number of people became Christians. In December 2010, Roy’s good friend J John came to speak. On that cold and snowy winter’s night, around 300 people gathered in a local hotel – and around 20 people responded to the call to follow Christ. It was a highly significant night.
In November 2011, while Pastors Roy & Lydia were on a scheduled speaking tour of churches in the north eastern part of America, they strongly felt God challenge them to pioneer a Sunday morning congregation in the town of Loughborough. This came as quite a surprise to them. However, over the course of the next 11 months, they made preparations for the launch. It was a total step of faith as they had to believe God for provision and resources to make it happen. During that time, God miraculously provided.
The first meeting of Junction Church Loughborough happened on Sunday 14th October 2012. The venue was screen 3 of the Odeon Cinema. On that first morning, the BBC East Midlands filmed and reported on the launch. It was incredibly favourable – and as a result, numbers of people visited the church over the next few weeks. You can watch the video below.
The cinema continued to be our regular Sunday venue for the next three and a half years until we moved to a brand new theatre in Loughborough College. This has been amazing. After three and a half years of meeting at Loughborough College, we began outgrowing the venue. This led to us moving to our current venue, De Lisle College. Today, the Junction Church Loughborough continues to grow from strength to strength. Dozens of people serve in the life of the church and a generation is emerging who are passionate about serving God.
So what’s next for the Junction Church in Loughborough? We believe the best chapters are yet to be written.