Back in 1974 (when Ichthus began) Roger Forster, an itinerant Bible Teacher and Evangelist, became deeply concerned about the lack of spiritual life in London at that time. Roger and his wife, Faith, had already opened their home on the edge of London, to people in need of practical, emotional or spiritual help, but when they moved further into London, they became to be convinced that churches needed a new vision to reach out to the unchurched. They gathered a small group of people who shared their vision and offered themselves to various churches to join them and implement the vision.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, no church felt able to take up their offer, so Roger and Faith took a month to hold the matter before the Lord. The Lord’s response was to give them a commission to plant a new church, with a strong evangelistic heart – and so Ichthus was born.

Roger was already in good relationship with the local leaders of other denominational churches and he shared God’s leading with them. They all warmly gave their blessing to the new church plant. Whether they believed it would succeed or not, to have their blessing and goodwill was important to Roger and Faith. From that first group of about 18 people, Ichthus has grown into a movement that not only continues to share the love of God with Londoners and the UK generally, but also with other nations across the world.

We were called to establish Ichthus in London as our base, with multiple congregations forming one London church. From here we radiate out to Link churches across the nation who are not structurally part of us, but who share our theology and values.

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A) Our Strategy
We are a 3C church – Cell, Congregation and Celebrations
Cell groups are home groups, to promote relationship and express pastoral care.
Congregations are an expression of Ichthus in a town or district, which function as a church in their area, but are closely involved with the central heart of Ichthus, and share in our charitable status and financial structures. Most of our congregation leaders have trained within Ichthus in addition to other qualifications they hold.
Celebrations are held monthly or bi-monthly to express our common life (all congregations engage in them) and are an opportunity to share Spirit-filled preaching and prayer ministry (Proclamation and Power).

B) Our Mission
• To evangelise our neighbourhoods and other less-evangelised areas in London and elsewhere

• To serve the poor

• To establish praying, worshipping congregations

• To nurture believers to maturity in Christ

• To train and commission prayerful, Spirit-filled leaders to fulfil their God-given ministry of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher.

C) Our Methods
• Prayer and Prayer Walking

• Open-air evangelism

• Community involvement and Jesus Action

• Alpha Groups for enquirers

• Start-Rite groups or one-to-one for discipling new believers

• Baptism as part of Start-Rite, or for those already discipled

• Reaching out to families and children, with children’s clubs, Family Fun Days and other ministry to help strengthen families

We can sum up our methods by quoting our five characteristics, which are our Witness to the World:

Worship – Openness to the Holy Spirit

Warfare – Prayer and Deliverance from the evil one

Word – Biblical Theology

Works – Acts of Compassion

Wonders – Healings and Transformations

D) Our Heart
To bring together God’s people and new enquirers into loving, relational, Spirit-filled congregations of people relating to the overall vision and structures of Ichthus.

Ichthus Christian Fellowship is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, Charity Number 1099412, Company number 4255893.
The Board of Trustees comprises:
Professor Rob George

Roger Forster

Faith Forster

David Pharoah

James Chapman

David Steinegger

The Trustees meet monthly to pray for, review and encourage the forward movement of the fellowship. All are members of Ichthus, share its vision and are well-qualified from their secular roles to oversee a movement such as ICF.

The Spiritual leadership of Ichthus lies in a team of leaders called the Ministry and Management Team, led by Roger and Faith Forster.

Roger Forster became a Christian as a student at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated in Maths and Theology. After National Service in the RAF, Roger worked as an itinerant evangelist until 1974, when he established Ichthus Christian Fellowship. Among many wider responsibilities he has served as chairman of the Evangelical Alliance Council, and as honorary vice-president of Tearfund. Through the experience of our praise marches in London, Roger became a founder of March for Jesus, a movement which has gone worldwide. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty books.

Faith Forster has been involved in Christian ministry and leadership since her early twenties. She received a clear call as a teenager, confirmed by her church pastor. Since nursing training seemed the most useful preparation for pioneer mission work, Faith became a registered nurse. She then trained in and later taught linguistics with Wycliffe Bible Translators. When Roger and Faith were married, they were planning to serve together overseas, but the Lord impressed London on them as their primary missionfield. Thus Ichthus was born.

Within Ichthus, Faith leads the Prayer Community, as well as preaching and teaching in the congregations. For nine years Faith served on the International Board of the World Evangelical Fellowship and for fifteen years on the Executive of the UK Evangelical Alliance. She is a published poet, and co-authored the book ‘Women and the Kingdom’ with Roger.

Roger and Faith have three married children and six grandchildren.

Ministry and Management Team

The Spiritual leadership of Ichthus lies in a team of leaders called the Ministry and Management Team, led by Roger and Faith Forster.

David Curtis

David Curtis

Congregation Leader of Ichthus New Wine

David served as a Methodist minister for many years, including 11 years as a missionary in Zambia, before joining Ichthus in 1988. David graduated from RadNet in 2003

Debbie Laycock

Debbie Laycock

Congregation Leader of Ichthus Forest Hill, Training Co-Ordinator

Debbie has a BA in Classics (Greek & Latin) and a certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Languages (Hebrew & Akkadian). She graduated from RadNet in 2001

Phil Tate

Phil Tate

Congregation Leader of Ichthus Southcroft Church, Evangelism Co-Ordinator

Phil came to London in 2000 and first trained in urban youth work and then worked for XLP before training with Ichthus. He completed RadNet in 2004

Abi Willetts

Abi Willetts

Overseas Co-Ordinator, Pastoral Co-Ordinator

Abi trained as a teacher and led New Life congregation in Greenwich for over 18 years. She graduated from RadNet in 2001

Henry George

Henry George

Worship Co-Ordinator

Henry has a BA in Music and has worked extensively as a musician. He graduated from RadNet in 2007, led Ichthus Lee Green congregation for 7 years and planted Ichthus Bangkok

Joel Todd

Joel Todd

Congregation Leader of Ichthus Lee Green

A mechanical engineer graduate, Joel worked as a Project Engineer before going into Church ministry with his wife in 2015. Joel graduated from RadNet in 2010

Lydia George

Lydia George

Operations Manager

Lydia was Managing Director for 10 years of a small charity she founded with Henry in 2004. Lydia graduated from RadNet in 2007, led Ichthus Lee Green congregation for 7 years and planted Ichthus Bangkok

Markus Ackermann

Markus Ackermann

Finance and IT Manager

Markus has a BSc in Business Administration, majoring in Information Management and Management Accounting. He graduated from RadNet in 2011

Congregation Leaders

Lee Green Congregation

Lee Green Congregation

Joel & Charis Todd

Both graduated from RadNet in 2010

New Life Congregation (Greenwich)

New Life Congregation (Greenwich)

Stephen McArdle

Graduated from RadNet in 2003

Forest Hill Congregation

Forest Hill Congregation

Debbie Laycock

Graduated from RadNet in 2001

Chislehurst Congregation

Chislehurst Congregation

David Jacklin

Graduated from RadNet in 2010

Southcroft Congregation (Streatham)

Southcroft Congregation (Streatham)

Phil & Hayley Tate

Graduated from RadNet in 2004 and 2006 respectively

Hope Congregation (Mitcham)

Hope Congregation (Mitcham)

Andrew & Biz Boyle

Graduated from RadNet in 2004 and 2019 respectively

Sittingbourne Congregation

Sittingbourne Congregation

Sittingbourne Congregation

Bill & Janet Findlater

Belvedere Congregation

Belvedere Congregation

Belvedere Congregation

Tim Wilkinson

Abide Congregation (Crouch End)

Abide Congregation (Crouch End)

Sarah Larkin

Graduated from RadNet in 2003

New Wine Congregation (Islington)

New Wine Congregation (Islington)

David & Gillian Curtis

David graduated from RadNet in 2003