We are an active church within our local community of Bury St. Edmunds. In the early 1980’s a couple from America started a church in Thetford Norfolk, and then relocated to Bury St. Edmunds in 1986. The vision of our church has always been to evangelise, disciple new converts and plant new churches. Over the years, the Bury St. Edmunds church has had the privilege of training 7 couples who are currently pastoring churches around the world. Our most recent church plant has been The Potter’s House in Ipswich.
Mark and Lisa Claxton took over as leader of the Bury St. Edmunds congregation in December 2014. Their 3 children are all married and they have 5 grandchildren (and growing!). 2 of their sons are currently pastoring different churches within our UK fellowship.
Find out more about the other churches within our UK fellowship here.
In 1970 Wayman and Nelda Mitchell moved to Prescott to take over a small, struggling congregation. Shortly after arriving, God saved a number of young hippies who were very different than anyone in the church. But as they were welcomed, God began to pour out His Spirit on the congregation. As Pastor Mitchell sought to reach young people, they saw the possibilities of the “coffee-house” concert ministry. At the first concert they ever tried as an evangelistic tool, more than 200 young people attended, with many saved. Out of this a regular concert ministry was birthed. 2 nights a week, bands played, testimonies of salvation were given and the Gospel was preached, with many being saved each night.
From the beginning, Pastor Mitchell understood that concert ministry was to be a training ground of ministry development; It was run by young people who were committed to Jesus and His church. From the beginning, people who had been radically converted sought to share with others what God had done in them. Personal evangelism began to be one of the basic foundations of the church. Then came impact teams: Groups of people that would travel to other nearby cities to help people there experience what God was doing here. Over time, God began to reveal His plan of discipleship: Training young couples for ministry within a local church. In 1973 the first couple was launched directly into the ministry – and God blessed them! Churches then began to be planted throughout the Southwestern United States, and then further across America as converts prayed for the Gospel to be preached in their hometowns.
In 1978 the first couple was planted into another nation – Australia; and we discovered the Gospel worked there, just like it did here. After that, churches were planted in Mexico, Holland and Germany then as we came to understand God’s global mission more and more, churches began to be planted throughout the world. To date, there are over 2500 churches in 46 US states, and 126 nations of the world.
Find out more about the Statement of Faith for The Potter’s House Fellowship Church here.
Potter’s House Bury St Edmunds is a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and currently have a church council (Trustees) that have oversight of Church finances and exist to uphold the moral integrity of the Church.