We exist because Every Community Needs a Church and Every Church Needs a Community.

Festival Church is one church family made up of many congregations, each with a heart for mission in local communities, regularly gathering to celebrate the goodness and love of God, welcoming everyone to join us on this incredible adventure of following Jesus.

‘Where earth meets sky, where God meets humanity, where we meet humility, and together we make history.’


Together with a great team of leaders, Festival Church is led by Senior Pastors Tim and Emily Rowlands, with each congregation having its own local Lead Pastor.

Tim and Emily have four children and in their spare time, Tim enjoys music and mountaineering and Emily enjoys open water swimming and writing.

You can follow them on the following social media platforms.

Tim Rowlands

Emily Rowlands


As a church, we affirm the Apostle’s Creed as follows:

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic (universal) Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.


Festival Church began life as three separate congregations with their own stories, which you can find on each local site’s page.

Throughout his move to Chester, Tim felt God calling him to bring individual churches together in a family – a “family of churches” – to see congregations flourish and succeed in as many places as possible, because God always intended for people to be connected. Through this, Festival Churches was born.

With one shared vision (culture and values), shared governance (finance, resources, Trustees and leadership), but locally unique elements, our churches are one church with unique expressions, just like members of a real family.

In 2019, we started the process of legally becoming one church in different locations. Festival Church now has five unique locations across Chester, Derby and Wales

Festival Church is an Assemblies of God church, and a member of the Evangelical Alliance.