"We are a group of ordinary people getting to know Jesus Christ"
- Phil Cole, Church Leader
Who we are is based around -
We are a group of ordinary people getting to know Jesus Christ and because of the amazing things we're discovering we naturally want to share with others, which leads to our vision statement...
TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST AND MAKE HIM KNOWN
It is our desire to make a difference in our community and to live the full and exciting life that Jesus has called us to live.
Our overarching aim as a church is that we would be an open and friendly community that embodies the love and acceptance of Jesus so that anyone can come along and feel they belong. We recognise that we are an imperfect group that hasn’t ‘arrived’ yet, but we certainly intend to enjoy our journey of faith with whoever wants to travel with us.
We are a contemporary church that tries to bring the unchanging message of Jesus into the 21st century. We use modern music, relevant talks and endeavour to create a relaxed atmosphere whenever we get together. We consist of a wide spectrum of ages and backgrounds, with everyone, of whatever age, encouraged to get involved.
For us Jesus Christ is the focus for all we do. It’s not about religion or tradition, but about a life-changing relationship with Him. We hope you enjoy our website and find what you're looking for. Please contact us if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.
Wherever you are in your faith journey, we’d love you to join us. Come just as you are and make your own mind up!
Phil Cole - Church Leader
Vision & Values
Phil & Shirley Cole
Phil - Church Leader
Shirley - Schools Ministry
Phil & Shirley were brought up on farms in rural Devon, and love the countryside. Formerly Phil was an accountant, then after training at Moorlands College and spending 3 years as Pastoral Director at a church in Reading he became the church leader in 2004.
After Jesus and Shirley, his greatest love is sport in general and specifically Rugby – he previously played for Exeter Chiefs.
Shirley has a passion to teach children about the reality of Jesus, but also loves helping people of all ages to know and experience more of Christ in their lives. Over the years Shirley has worked with Phil in most aspects of church life.
Andi & Nikki Norton
Andi - Associate Church Leader
Andi is passionate about people - seeing them grow to be all God is calling them to be. With over
12 years’ experience of youth work and leading worship, Andi oversees both areas at BCC.
Andi is married to Nikki, who is equally passionate about seeing people released to be all God has called them to be. They have two children.
Kathy & John Harris
Kathy - Elder / Children & Pastoral Leader
Kathy has been a member of the church since 2003. Before joining the staff team in September
2014 she was an interior designer. She is now our ‘Children’s and Pastoral Worker. Her love for
children of all ages makes her perfect for the role she has.
She is married to John, a passionate worshipper with a pastoral heart. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Brian & Ann Rees
Brian - Elder
Before retiring, Brian was a Civil Engineer with Christchurch Borough Council. He has been at
BCC with his wife Ann since 2006 and is passionate about sharing his faith, Swindon Town FC
Caroline & Colin Davis
Pastoral Worker (Families)
Caroline is married to Colin and they have one teenage son. As a family they have been at the church since 2006. Colin and their son both love worshipping God through music and facilitating worship for others as part of the music team at BCC.
Caroline has been a social care professional for over 25yrs, in both the 3rd sector and statutory organisations. Caroline has also been a voluntary youth worker for many years and loves working alongside teenagers. Caroline has been an integral part of our youth work at BCC since joining the church. She started working part time for BCC when she took on the role of Youth Leader in Jan 2013. At the start of 2018 Caroline fully moved over into her current post of Pastoral Worker with Families.
Ted & Jackie Russell
Ted - Elder
Ted and his wife Jackie joined the church in 2006. His passion is seeing people come to faith and
he has been an active member of Christian Motorcyclists' Association for many years.
Elizabeth & Graham Nagel-Smith
Elizabeth - Administrator
Graham - Elder
Graham and Elizabeth have four sons. They have been at the church since 2006 and been involved with our youth ministry for nearly 10 years.
Graham is one of our Elders. He is the headteacher at a local primary school and his hobbies include hockey, which he plays at Bournemouth with his boys.
Prior to joining the team as our administrator, Elizabeth worked in a local secondary school as Librarian. In her spare time she enjoys reading and walking the dog!
The Early Years
Bransgore Community Church is an independent church that started in the winter of 1984/85 with a small group of evangelical Christians, who had been travelling to churches in the Christchurch/Bournemouth area. As this small group developed and outgrew the house where it was meeting, it began to meet in the chapel at Neacroft. In 1986 the NAAFI building in Shackleton Square, belonging to the Ministry of Defence, came up for auction and was purchased.
The first service took place on 14 June 1986. Our first extension, a few years later, added extra space where the band is now situated and a children's room at the back. In 2009-10 a second, much larger, extension was built to enable us to cater for our growing congregation and to provide people in our community with a place to be welcomed and helped.
Originally the church was called Bransgore Christian Centre. The name was changed in 2003 to Bransgore Community Church, in recognition of our desire both to be a community, and to serve the local community.
The church continues to grow and develop and in August 2012 the building had an overhaul of its internal structure, with the removal of a pillar and beams in the main hall and the inclusion of a new vaulted ceiling! We also developed our upstairs to include a games room, a prayer room and two children's rooms. Our building complex now includes twelve ancillary rooms, three of which are staff offices, as well as the main hall, which can be divided by a movable wall.
In recent years, the building has become a hub of activity throughout the week, with around 700-800 people coming to activities within it. The latest change for the church came in the summer of 2015, as we moved to running two identical services on a Sunday morning, in order to keep growing.
We are affiliated with Evangelical Alliance (EA) and hold to their statement of faith. We are also a part of LEAF, which is the local branch of EA, that connects churches across the New Forest.