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Our Story

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Our Vision is to...

To play our part in the evangelisation of the nation, the revitalisation of the church and the transformation of society.

Our Story

In summer 2016, at the invitation of Bishop Christopher Foster, Alex and Liz Wood relocated from St Peter’s Brighton to plant a church in Portsmouth city centre.

The Church of England in Portsmouth is committed to reaching out to every person of every generation with the love of Jesus. Portsmouth is a young, vibrant city, with over 22,000 students and a significant growth in teenagers and young adults.

The Church of England in Portsmouth has decided, in partnership with St Peter’s Brighton, Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), and the parish churches in central Portsmouth, to develop a city centre “Resourcing Church”. The church will aim to reach Portsmouth’s non-churchgoing and former-churchgoing residents - particularly the “missing generations” of students and young adults - and play its part in the re-evangelism of Portsmouth and the transformation of its society.

"The Diocese of Portsmouth is pleased to prepare to welcome a team from St Peter’s and HTB to plant a new church in Portsmouth’s inner city and to work alongside our existing churches in reaching out, especially to young people and students. We value the energy and commitment that they will bring as they work to share the good news of the gospel among those who have little previous experience of Church. We’re still working out together the details of how and where this new church will be located, but we are absolutely committed to working together in partnership in this new venture."

Joanne Grenfell, Archdeacon of Portsmouth

Our Team

Alex and Liz

Reverend Alex Wood, his wife Liz and their daughters Annie and Florrie moved to Portsmouth in May 2016 to lead Harbour Church where Alex is Vicar. Alex was previously a Curate at St Peter’s Brighton and the Anglican Chaplain to Sussex University.

Ben and Martha

Ben Bryant and his wife, Martha, along with their two children, Jonah and Rae, moved to Portsmouth from Holy Trinity Clapham. Ben was ordained at Portsmouth Cathedral at the end of June 2016 and is Curate at Harbour Church. Martha heads up all our Operations, Finance and Fundraising. 

Matt and fiona bray

Matt and his wife Fiona moved to Portsmouth in Summer 2017 to join Harbour Church. Since then they have had baby Bez! Matt is a Reverend in the Church of England. He splits his time between Portsmouth Cathedral and Harbour Church. 

Ryan Forey

Ryan has most recently been working for Alpha International and St Peter's, Brighton. Prior to that he spent time working with students at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Ryan will be our Student Pastor as well as running Alpha at Harbour Church.