IPC, founded by Francis Schaeffer, London congregation seeks to expand

'Whole community will benefit from new church'

(Pastor Paul) Levy said that if approved, the new building will maximise flexibility and usefulness of the spaces for a number of church and community-related activities to include a parent and toddler group, women’s English language classes and a children’s programme catering for youngsters aged five to 18. 


The whole community would benefit from a new £1.5million church building planned for West Ealing, according to organisers.

The International Presbyterian Church has unveiled proposals for modernising its facilities to suit a growing congregation.

The church has already held two consultations with worshippers and neighbours and plans to submit a planning application before the end of the year.

Reverend Paul Levy, who has been at the church since 2003 said: “We want to make this a community space that everyone will be able to make use of. One of our problems at the moment is with all the activities in the week. We don’t have room for all the people coming.”

Over recent years, the IPC has outgrown the chapel’s capacity of 80 people and has had to meet at the University of West London on Sunday mornings.

“Our home is in West Ealing and we hope that we can build a church building which adds to the locality and is a presence in the community for generations to come. Obviously we hope it will be a pleasant addition to the surroundings, but we also want to make it somewhere we can share the message of Christ with the area.”

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History of the International Presbyterian Church

Our own particular origins are in the work of Francis and Edith Schaeffer who went to Switzerland in 1948 as missionaries from the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the USA.

After they had began L’Abri, the international study centre and community for which they are best known, the Schaeffers started a church in order to meet the need of the people who came to Chirst through their ministry, which they called the International Presbyterian Church. The IPC came to England in the sixties alongside the work of L’Abri with the first congregation being planted here in Ealing in 1969. Other congregations have began since, in Hampshire and among the Korean-speaking believers. We thank God for the past 40 years and that he has given us an international church and we commit ourselves to Him so we can make the Gospel known in London.