Nestled among the academic towers and church steeples of Cambridge, England is a great treasure of the Lutheranism – Westfield House. Though now owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE), our sister church body, Westfield originally was started by Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod academics doing research at the University of Cambridge. Its quaint campus is comprised of four buildings – a large 19th Century House, the Church of the Resurrection, Luther Hall, and another office/classroom building. Situated among the 31 colleges that make up the University, Westfield House is an attached school of Fitzwilliam College. Through this partnership, students at Westfield have access to University faculty and classes at this leading and storied institution of higher education.
Westfield is a place of study for students from many countries across the world, including countries that do not have Lutheran seminaries to train clergy. This is where Redeemer’s partnership with Westfield comes in! Each year, Redeemer helps support a student who is in need. The current student we support is a student from Somalia who is a former Muslim and whose family has been threatened and kidnapped due to their conversion to Christianity. After studying at Westfield, he hopes to return to war-torn, Muslim Somalia and begin to plant a church.
So whether it is students from Europe, Africa, or even North America, Westfield House serves as an international school for students, existing in a one-of-a-kind environment with its partnership with the University of Cambridge.
To learn more about Westfield House and how you can support it, check out their website by clicking here!