Sunday

10am - Bible School

11am - Morning Service

6pm - Evening Service

Wednesday

10.30am - Ladies Meeting*

8pm - Prayer Meeting*

Friday

10am - 12pm - Coffee & Play*

*more details

About us

We are a group of Christians that meet in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire who believe that the Bible is God's word.

Mount Zion Baptist Church in High Wycombe was founded in 1678, and with the exception of a six-month closure in 1999, has met continuously for 328 years.

In 1970 the council compulsory purchased the building located near the town centre, and constructed a modern church building on a green field site near to a new-build council estate. At the time of the move the membership of the church stood at around 100, within a few years this number had dropped to single figures. Valiant efforts were made to sustain the work, but the situation worsened, and eventually the church had to close its doors in 1999.

Three families living in High Wycombe had the desire to see the church reopened, and began to hold weekly bible studies on the premises around 6 months after the closure. An American pastor, Dr Jose Esquibel, was looking to lead a church in the UK and had been working with the congregation in Tring for some months. His availability to lead the work culminated in his installation as Pastor in 1999. During his tenure of office the church name was changed to High Wycombe Evangelical Baptist Church, and numbers increased to the point where Jose believed that the Church could sustain an indigenous pastor, and he resigned the pastorate and returned to America on furlough in December 2003.

Following his departure numbers initially declined, but a core of dedicated members continued the work, generously supported by neighbouring congregations in the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East), as well as some further afield, and other individuals, including a number of men from the London City Mission. In May 2004 the Congregation extended a call to Mr Abe Thomas, then a student at the London Theological Seminary. One of several congregations to issue a call to Abe, we were naturally disappointed when he accepted the call to another church, but consoled ourselves with the knowledge that the Lord has His plan, and that it is an infinitely better plan than ours.

We subscribe to the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, a version that has been re-written in modern English is available from here.