Rev Nicky Gumbel
Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church based in central London.
Nicky is the pioneer of the Alpha course, a 15-session introduction to the Christian faith, which is now running in 60,000 churches of different denominations (including the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches) and other locations across the world. Since 1993, over 18 million people have completed an Alpha course in 169 countries worldwide.
In 2004, he was presented to Pope John Paul II and in the same year also met with Cardinal Ratzinger, a few months before he was elected Pope, for a discussion about the growth of Alpha in the Catholic Church.
Nicky is married to Pippa and they have three children; Henry, Jonathan and Rebecca
Communion in our Common Baptism
Rev. Nicky Gumbel will address the theme of unity, looking at Jesus’ prayer that those who believe in Him ‘may be one … so that the world may believe.’ (John 17: 21)
Date of event Thursday 14th June
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a 10-week course that explores some of the basic truths of the Christian faith – “Who is Jesus?”, “Why Did Jesus Die?” and “Does God Still Heal Today?” It is Christ centred and scripturally based and has the backing of all the Christian denominations. The course is relaxing, non threatening, low key, friendly and fun. Participants meet weekly and listen to a talk lasting 40 or (if desired) 20 minutes. These talks are available on DVD or can be given by a live speaker. Participants then break into small groups to discuss the talk and questions arising from it. During the Course there is a day/week-end away, focusing on the Holy Spirit.
Alpha has been used in the process of bringing many people into a living personal relationship with Jesus and bringing them into contact with the Christian community. Many are finding meaning to life through Alpha.