We are a new church plant in central London. We seek to love God, love each other, and love our city. It is our desire to communicate the unchanging truth of the person and work of Jesus Christ in a way that everyone in our city and culture can comprehend. We gather on Sundays for public worship in Holborn and scatter throughout London in small communities committed to living the Christian life together as a family.
We are so thankful for all that God is doing through churches old and new in London and consider it a joy and a privilege to learn from and come alongside them in God's mission.
Why the Name?
Reality is often defined as the state of things as they are, regardless of what we would like them to be. It's what remains true, whether we realise it or not, like it or not, believe it or not. We may not like some realities, but what if ultimate reality was good news?
The startling thing about the Bible is that when its authors pull back the curtain on what reality really is, they don’t point to principles or platitudes, they point to a person. Colossians 2:17 tells us that “Reality is found in Jesus”. At the heart of Christianity lies the belief that Jesus, who he is and what he has done, is to be the very centre, source and foundation of life, that he is the answer to the greatest problem and deepest longing of humanity. Our church is built on these convictions, which is why we named it Reality: Because Jesus is Reality.
The Reality Family of Churches
Reality Church London is part of a family of churches held closely together through relationship, a shared philosophy of ministry and a deep commitment to the gospel of Jesus.
For more information on the Reality churches, please see their websites:
About the Pastor
Pastor Tim Chaddick and his wife Lindsey care deeply about the ministry of the local church in major urban centres and have sought to devote themselves to helping churches begin and flourish in their mission to share and reflect the gospel.
Tim was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area of California. Growing up, Christian faith was the last thing on his mind as he pursued pleasure, relationships and a musical career as the source of his identity. It wasn’t until he heard and received the gospel of Jesus Christ that the illusion of a self-centered life was shattered. In its place, Tim experienced forgiveness and newness of life with God.
Even though he then enrolled in a Bible college, he had no intention of pursuing pastoral ministry until a fresh reading of Romans 10 (“How shall they hear without a preacher?”) opened his eyes to God’s calling on his life. Shortly thereafter he married Lindsey and moved forward in vocational ministry, with a passion for urban church planting growing in his heart.
Ten years ago, Tim and Lindsey believed that God had called them to Los Angeles to plant a church. They moved to LA and as they started meeting with others in small prayer gatherings, God began to change lives and build a church for His glory. Since then, Reality LA has become a thriving church in Hollywood seeking the renewal of the city through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Tim's first two books, Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning and The Truth about Lies, were projects which came from lessons learned while living and pastoring at Reality LA. Looking back, it’s clear that it has been nothing but the sheer grace of God at work as the good news of Jesus has changed lives in Los Angeles. And now, ten years later, the Chaddicks believe that God has called them again — this time to London.
The Chaddicks’ connection to London started 15 years ago through involvement with a variety of UK churches, and continued through a relationship with previous Reality church planters Mark and Lizzie Dyrud, who served in London for 5 years. In 2015, a prayerful process amongst the Reality church-planting pastors and Reality LA’s own pastoral team culminated in a shared call to send Pastor Tim and his family to plant a church in London as part of the Reality family of churches. The hope for Reality Church London is that over time, a leadership team would be raised up which cares deeply about Christ and His people, and which reflects the diversity of London.
Tim currently serves as the Lead Pastor for Reality Church London. He and his wife live in North London with their three daughters Lily, Phoebe and Paige. In all their endeavors, the Chaddicks desire to thrive as a family and to be a faithful presence within their local community as they seek to serve Christ and the people of London. You can watch/listen to past teachings by Pastor Tim here.