RBC History


The Church was founded with the help of the famous Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon in 1864 and soon established premises in London Road in Redhill town centre, the membership reaching a peak of 316 at the turn of the century. In 1897 the church assumed responsibility for the work at Merstham Mission Church, a commitment which was to last more than 60 years, when it became independent as Merstham Baptist Church. In 1909 the church started a mission in nearby Earlswood (known as the Hooley Mission, somewhat confusingly as Hooley was five miles to the north!). Subsequently renamed Earlswood Baptist Church, it became autonomous in 1987.

In the 1950s problems with the premises in London Road caused the church to relocate and in 1961 it moved into the current building on the border between Redhill and Reigate. Growth during the late 1980s and early 1990s brought capacity problems and, following an unsuccessful search for a new site, the church sent the associate pastor, one elder and some 50 members to plant Reigate Baptist Church in 1995. This has since grown and in 2005 opened a splendid set of premises in Woodhatch.


During its history, the Church has had 18 pastors and six associate/assistant pastors. The longest serving was the Rev George Davies, 1890-1909. During his ministry he conducted 390 baptisms and 812 members were added to the church.  At the start of the 21st century growing numbers in the congregation led the church to consider relocating to a warehouse on the Holmethorpe Industrial Estate. The plan was thwarted at the last minute when the site was sold to another party.

That led the church to decide instead to stay on its existing site and undertake a refurbishment and extension of the premises. This was completed in 2009 at a cost of £1.8 million. Thanks to the goodness of God and the generosity of the church community, the project was completed without any debt being incurred.Continuing growth in the size of the congregation – drawn from an increasingly wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds – led to a second morning service being instituted in October 2012.

In 2014, we celebrated our 150th Anniversary with a special service and birthday cake. The candles were blown out by one of our longest standing members, Ted Hatt. Ted and his wife Eunice were the guests of honour, having been members of the church for 80 years and 76 years respectively.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor David Pay and his wife Barbara, as well as Robert Ashurst, who served on RBC's leadership team for 30 years before retiring.

Before the sermon, Rev Roberta Day, Assistant Pastor, led the congregation in the Lord's Prayer, inviting those present to say the words in their mother tongue - as with the wide range of ethnic backgrounds in our Church we represent over 20 nationalities!

Our Youth Pastor, Emily Irving, led the children in a special celebration in the upstairs hall, where they had fun singing, playing games and creating a giant birthday card for the Church with lots of special messages.