Our denomination the EPCEW was born out of a looser organisation, the Presbyterian Association in England (PAE). The PAE was made up of confessional presbyterians, presbyterian groups and two small presbyterian churches which began meeting regularly in 1987.
The PAE was eager to plant new works but needed the support of outside churches. The Presbyterian Church in America's Mission to the World (MTW) became the main sponsor of the work, which led to the arrival of Rev David and Barbara Cross in 1992. They set about planting Chelmsford Prebyterian Church. By this point an interim Presbytery had been formed of five churches: Blackburn, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Durham and Hull. The Presbytery was finally constituted in 1995. Since then four churches have been added (Bethel, Immanuel, Bury-St-Edmunds and Tranås (Sweden)), three more have been planted (Cheltenham (2002), Solihull (2005) and Gateshead (2009)), a mission group has been adopted in London (2009), and a new church plant will begin in 2010 in Sheffield.
After Cheltenham, the Presbytery was eager to plant in one of the major cities, either London or Birmingham. With David Cross living in Worcestershire and connected with the Cheltenham church it was felt that more support could be offered to a church-planter in Birmingham than London. David set about doing the ground work of researching the need and determining a possible location. With the help of local FIEC and Reformed churches, it became clear that Solihull was a place in need of the gospel.
At the same time, in the providence of God, Rev Albert Lutz, an experienced church planter in the USA, and known to David Cross, had 'retired' from ministry. In spite of this 'retirement', he and his wife Julie were willing to continue serving. David invited them over to the UK for two years to lead the work of church planting in the Summer of 2005, a call they accepted.
Drawing on all his experience, Dr Lutz sought to make connections by what ever means he could. Soon he felt able to start a worship which began on 2 October 2005 with 13 in attendance. The average attendance grew to 20 or so by early 2007. Dr Lutz often described the work as breaking up concrete to let the growth through!
In the Summer of 2006, Stephen Dancer joined Dr Lutz as his assistant. Stephen had been in contact with Dr Lutz since the Summer of 2005 but was not free to be involved in the work. Stephen was under care of Presbytery and completed his theological training in Summer 2006. After completing Presbytery exams, Stephen was finally ordained and installed as the Organising Minister at SPC in March 2007. Their work percieved to have been done, Al and Julie Lutz returned to the USA that same month.