About Us

Our Roots

Zion Baptist Church (ZBC) was founded on its present site on 16th October 1837 by Henry Battiscombe, Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. We subscribe to the Declaration of Principle by the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) as one of its approximately 2,000 member churches.

Our Values

We at ZBC intentionally seek to develop a culture where we:

  • Become a spirit led community.
  • Feel like one team.
  • Embrace adventure.
  • Inspire others.
  • Share a hunger for God’s coming kingdom.

Our Leadership and Staff Team

Our current minister Rev Gale Richards joined us in September 2016 and works with a team of deacons, as well as part-time administrative and maintenance staff.

History of our Church

The Church was founded on 16th October 1837 on its present site. It grew rapidly and was constituted as a church of “Evangelical Protestant Dissenters of the Particular Baptist Denomination holding the principles of Open Communion”.

By 1876 a larger Chapel was required, which was eventually opened in 1879.

Today, Cambridge is a very different place and ZBC is a much smaller congregation. We see ourselves as a ‘sending church’ – A place where all are welcome, all can grow, all are sent out to serve local and global communities.


A video commissioned to mark the 180th anniversary of Zion Baptist Church. We turn 180 on 16th October 2017! Made with the help of the Museum of Cambridge and Marmalade Panic Films.

Posted by Zion Baptist Church on Sunday, 15 October 2017