The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Living Water Parish was established on Sunday 31 August 2003 with the commencement of formal church services and inauguration of the parish at Wesley Methodist church, Epworth Street, Stoke. However, the foundation for the church was laid in mid 2003 with the gathering of a few brethren, including the family of the parish Pastor, as a House fellowship centre at Selwyn Street, Stoke-on-Trent. Wesley Methodist Church remained the venue for the afternoon services of Living Water Parish until January 2007 when the church relocated to an alternative worship venue on Old Shelton Road, Stoke-on-Trent.
The church began with six adults and four children who were members of the initial House fellowship. From then onwards, the Lord helped the church to grow steadily both in numbers and spiritually. Tremendous support was received during the formative period from the RCCG Living Water Parish in London. The initial members of the parish were mostly international students due to the location of two universities within the catchment area of the church; and possibly due to the fact that the Parish Pastor was also a postgraduate student during the first 4 years of the church! It is gratifying to witness the positive transformation of several lives and families, both in terms of socio-economic status and (more importantly) spiritual growth in the knowledge & service of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As a consequence of the continued growth and development of the church, Living Water parish relocated to Kearsley Chambers on Old Shelton Road, Stoke ST4 7RX, a few meters away from its initial place of worship in January 2007. Kearsley Chambers was an unoccupied 2-storey office complex for which the church got approval to change its usage to a place of worship and Community Centre. The place was therefore renamed Redemption Community Centre and serves as both place of worship and administrative base for the church. Sunday services also reverted to the morning sessions following this move and the church became more engaged with its local community. The Lord helped Living Water parish to finally purchase and own the Redemption community Centre in January 2010.
Over the years the church has served as a spiritual transit camp for a lot of people (especially students) who have passed through the region of North Staffordshire and moved on to other endeavours in their lives. We are pleased that majority of such people have left with positive Christian experiences on account of their association with Living Water parish. The church has also been blessed with committed workers and ministers over the years. Most importantly, Living Water parish has enjoyed divine guidance and support; it has planted three other parishes, namely Peace House in Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent) (2008); Harvest Centre in Stafford (2008), and Hope Centre in Crewe (2010). To God be all the glory.