In the 1960s, a group of passionate God-loving youths began gathering for weekly Saturday meetings in Brighton Crescent near Serangoon Gardens, and they called themselves the Brighton Youth Fellowship (BYF).
Our Church’s founding pastor, Wang Tiak Kweng, joined Brighton Youth Fellowship as a 13-year-old boy in 1980. In 1986, he took over the role of providing leadership for BYF. During this period, the Youth Fellowship grew strong in both numbers and in their zeal for serving the Lord and reaching the lost. Many of the youths who have now become young adults stayed back to serve in the youth fellowship and even formed BTIES – a young adult fellowship for the purpose of mutual encouragement and outreach to their generation. The outreach efforts were so extensive and successful that they formed a third group – the Brighton Junior Fellowship – to reach out to primary school children.
In 1995, the sustained growth of the 3 Brighton groups prompted the leadership to propose to their church leadership to embark on planting a third centre, with the Brighton groups providing the core membership and leadership initiative. The church leadership was approving of the proposal but before anything could be firmed up, the church faced a major leadership upheaval which saw most of the people from the Brighton groups leaving. Our Senior Pastor and other members of that church were amongst those who left in August 1998.
After months of seeking the Lord in prayer, the leaders of the Brighton groups who had left felt convicted that God’s gracious hand had been active over the years in bringing them together to plant a new church, and He had worked out His sovereign plans even through the upheaval and trauma. Hence, they parted ways amicably with the rest of the people who had left. With that, Brighton Community Church was founded.
On the first Sunday of 1999, Brighton Community Church started gathering with about 70 worshippers at the Cathay Pavilion Cineplex in Tampines Town Centre. In May of that year, the Church was registered under the Societies Act.
Over the years, we have continued to see the hand of God moving and leading us in our outreach efforts to the communities in Singapore and to the lands beyond. We have grown much bigger and more diverse as a family of believers and we welcome all to come and be part of our Brighton family.
We will be gathering in modified Cell Groups known as CG-based Home Gatherings (“CHG”) in members’ homes in place of our regular weekend services and our usual weekly Friday evening Cell Group meetings.