FreshFire initially began as a small prayer group with then Bible College students Adam and Rachel Graves, Kenny and Sylvia Young and Dave Akerman. Weekly soaking meetings ensued which were invited and welcomed in the Bible College. Before long the meetings transitioned into teaching and equipping in supernatural ministry. In 2009, the School of Supernatural Ministry was launched. Since 2009, we have trained and equipped over 1000 people with some even going in to full-time ministry and church planting.
In 2010, Adam Graves left his post as Associate Pastor at Worksop New Life and together with Rachel moved to Manchester to begin laying the foundations of a new team that would launch our first church. Over the course of the next 2 years, Adam and Rachel had consolidated a team of 6 who met weekly in their home for Cell and Leadership Training. In July 2011, during a mission trip to Nepal led by Adam Graves the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Bansbari Church and a significant revival was birthed. The meetings extended to daily and ran for 30 days. Each day was marked with supernatural creative miracles, lame walking, blind seeing and deaf hearing. Hundreds of Hindu’s were converted and baptised in the Holy Spirit. In the early morning sessions, Adam Graves and Luke Baldwin who were both stewarding the outpouring, trained around 70 leaders across the city in order that they might continue the work of revival in their churches. It was one of the most significant times in the history of FreshFire.
From 2012, the church plant preparations were well under way. In April 2012, our contacts in Kathmandu, Buddhi and Madhu Shrestha has accepted the challenge lead FreshFire Church in Nepal. They launched immediately following an intensive training programme. In June, just a few months later, FreshFire Church Manchester launched. We started small meeting in a school in Gorton. After 8 months, we had relocated to Reddish but had lost over 75% of the church members because of the move. Our first service in the Reddish Apostolic Church building had only 8 in attendance. Within 4 years, the church reached almost 100 members and is still growing. In 2017, after and earlier attempt, FreshFire Church relaunched in Oldham under the leadership of Luke Baldwin and his team.
Today, FreshFire Church is thriving. With 4 campuses in Kathmandu and 2 campuses in Manchester, the FreshFire Church is really growing. We’re one church with multiple expressions and we’re ready for raising up more teams and planting more churches.