The EPCEW invited the Rev. Tim Horn to come over to England with his family from their home in the USA to help start churches. In 2001, they moved to Cheltenham to begin the work. Thankfully, another family with a presbyterian background, the Johnstons, had moved to the area about the same time. Through mutual Christian friends, they met one another and began praying together with the hope of beginning a church. In April 2002, they decided to begin holding public worship services in a local school.
The first service had 35 people in attendance as many Christian friends from other local churches came to show their support. However, reality soon set in and there were many Sundays where there were only the Horns and Johnstons. Over time, people began to trickle in and the numbers grew.
Today, attendance at morning worship services averages around 75-80 people. Evening worship service averages around 40-45 people. In its short life, the church has developed ministries to men, women, children, students, young adults, as well as the ‘more mature.’
In 2008, the church had grown to the point that it could support a pastor, and Rev. Andy Young was called to take over the pastoral duties. It was sad to see Tim Horn and his family leave, but he was called to get the church started to the point where it could support a British pastor. God has been faithful to build His church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18)!
In June 2009 the church relocated to Naunton Lane Evangelical Church having been invited to take over leading the ministry there and following unanimous votes by both memberships the church name was changed to Naunton Lane Evangelical Presbyterian Church in November 2010.