Rev. John D’Elia, Senior Minister, comments: “Fifty years ago, the church was established for American families living in London; but today, the congregation reflects the multicultural and diverse face of London. For many years, I have been asked, ‘Is your church only for Americans?’ Our new name answers that question from the start, and extends a welcome to anyone who would like to worship and serve with us.”
The American International Church celebrated its new name in a dedication service on Sunday, 29 September.
According to the 2011 census there are 230,492 Americans (North America & Caribbean by country of birth) living in London.
The American International Church has programmes in music, children’s ministry, youth work and overseas mission efforts. In addition, the church provides services to the poor in Central London, housing a Soup Kitchen, which offers meals to men and women in need, and participates in the Camden Cold Weather Shelter during the winter months. The Soup Kitchen was founded in 1986.