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22 December 2009

Mission to Berlin - British NFI leader starts church in the German capital

Mission to Berlin - British NFI leader starts church in the German capital

A New Frontiers church leader is leaving his job in Hastings to start a new church in Berlin.

Nigel Dutton, senior pastor of King's Church, Hastings, for 7 years, says God has led him to move to the German capital and reach out to the 4.3 million population with the Christian gospel.

Nigel, 48, speaks fluent German and used to teach languages at The Grove School in Hastings before joining King's full-time.

His wife Clare is busily learning German; so are children Toby, 11, Abbie, 10, and Ben, 8, who all have places at one of Berlin's international state schools. Baby Ewan, 18 months, is already being brought up bi-lingually. 

It's a huge leap of faith for Nigel, who has set up a website about the new church venture on www.newfrontiersberlin.de.

He said:  "It will be very hard for the family and me to leave behind so many good friends but we are very excited that God is using people from our great town, Hastings, to start a nation-shaping church in the heart of Germany's capital city.

"Our vision is to see a large number of passionate believers who will go on to start other new churches across Germany and beyond. Our dream is to see a New Testament church where radical believers in deep friendship put God first in everything they do."

Nigel will be succeeded as senior pastor in King's Church by Paul Mann, who has been an elder of the church for three years. The Hastings church will have close links with Nigel's church in Berlin.