The journey of Equippers Church starts all the way back at the 1904 Welsh Revival. Out of the Welsh Revival the Apostolic Church was formed. The vision of the Apostolic Church was to ‘belt the globe with the gospel’ - and they did exactly that!
On the opposite side of the world, a young couple, Bruce and Helen Monk, became part of the Apostolic Church in New Zealand. Although they were successful, young farmers they couldn’t shake off the deep call of God that had been placed on their lives. In 1984 they moved to Auckland, New Zealand and planted a church in the heart of the city. Over the next 15 years, Auckland City Church thrived and saw many people encountering God.
Bruce and Helen had a vision to see 10 significant churches in 10 major cities around the world. In response, Bruce and Helen stepped out in faith and moved to London, UK to plant the first of these significant churches. In the year 2000 they handed over the leadership of the church in Auckland to their son Sam and his wife Kathy.
Bruce and Helen named the church they planted Equippers Church London. At roughly the same time Auckland City Church changed its name to Equippers Church.
In the mid-2000s, Bruce invited Peter and Jacquie Prothero to be part of what God was doing through Equippers Church London. In 2008, Peter and Jacquie were tasked to revive a struggling church, Jubilee Church in Surrey.
Jubilee Church became known as Equippers Surrey. There are now 3 thriving Equippers Churches in the UK; Equippers Surrey, Equippers Richmond, and Equippers Essex.
Peter stepped down from his role as Senior Pastor to join Bruce and Helen in the Equippers Global Team. Mark and Monica Collard took on the leadership of Equippers Church Surrey, also giving leadership to Equippers Churches in the UK.
In the last 20 years, Equippers Church has grown significantly throughout the world. There are now over 25 Equippers Church locations in New Zealand and a further 20 Equippers Churches around the world in 14 different nations; Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, the Philippines, India, Tonga and Fiji.
We believe that God has given us a new vision as we enter a new season of moving from addition to multiplication. Watch this space as our unique expression of the Kingdom of God continues to expand!