In 2005, Chris and Josephine Hatch moved to London in order to minister among the large and diverse immigrant community. For six years, they worked in Southall, a South Asian community in west London, with New Life Masih Ghar, a culturally-relevant, Presbyterian church.
The Hatches have now transitioned to church plant in the nearby, ethnically diverse Shepherds Bush neighborhood. With both a large Muslim population and many secular people, the spiritual battles are intense. In 2012, New City International Presbyterian Church began public worship with a small core group. Slowly God is growing New City into a multi-cultural church that is practically working with the Spirit to see the love and mercy of God expressed in word and deed. In addition to relational evangelism and discipleship, the Hatches and their team at New City are involved in ministry to the homeless, the elderly and youth.
Chris and Josephine have a 18-year-old daughter, Rahel, and 15-year-old son, Kaleb, who after living for 10 years in London, are now back in the US for school because of the Hatches HMA. Rahel attends Calvin College where she is studying International Development. Kaleb is currently living with Chris' sister and her family in Chicago where he is in 9th grade at a small Christian school.
Please remember to pray for the Hatches as they continue to serve with New City IPC in the Shepherds Bush neighborhood. Pray for wisdom, faith and joy as the Hatches move forward with God’s leading during this year of transition for the family and for the coming years in London.
Updated September 2015
Liaison: Cindy Cai