About Us

Our Team

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Tom and Sophie Partis

Lead Pastor/Elders


Jess Beaumont

Development Team Coordinator


Stephen & Alison Beard



Philip and Trine Crouch



Our Mission

As a church, we have a heart for Haywards Heath and the surrounding area. Our mission is to restore communities by bringing people to Jesus, seeing them:

Freed to worship

Restored to wholeness

Established in the family

Equipped for service

Released to minister

Our Vision

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We are trusting God that we will be ready to launch a second congregation in Haywards Heath by the end of 2023 and to plant a new church outside of Haywards Heath by the end of 2026. With this in mind, our vision for this coming year is to focus on personal, spiritual growth with an emphasis on discipleship and practical training and equipping in a number of areas including evangelism and leadership. Our scripture for 2022 (Ephesians 4:16) reminds us that in all these things, relationship is key; we are the body of Christ, and the body needs to be connected to the head (Jesus) with its different members ‘joined and held together’ with each other. In 2022, we are ‘Growing Together’ – getting closer to each other and growing in maturity as followers of Jesus in readiness for all that He has in store for us as His church in the years to come!

Our Values

Our values are summed up best in the phrase 'loving God, loving people' and with these eight values here we have expanded on what that actually means at Ruwach. 


We are devoted to God, to the Bible, to prayer, to breaking of bread, to worship and to meeting with each other. (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25)


Personal and spiritual growth is a natural result of being found in Christ. (Mark 4:26-29; Ephesians 2:19-21; Ephesians 4:15-16)



We love Haywards Heath and actively look for ways in which we can show the love of God to our community by meeting needs. (Matthew 22:37-39; Matthew 25:35-40)

Empowering Leadership

True leadership does not draw attention to itself but seeks to serve and empowers others to be all they can be in Christ. (Luke 22:24-26)



We are a family church; we believe in supporting and encouraging families, and we view each other as spiritual family. (Romans 12:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2)


Our mission is to proclaim the gospel and advance the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

We want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be and so seek to excel in using the gifts God has given us to build up the church. (1 Corinthians 14:12; 2 Corinthians 8:7)

Holy Spirit

We aim to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit and seek to be led by the Spirit in all that we do (Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 14:1; Galatians 5:22-23)

Where We Belong

Ruwach is part of Church Of The Nations (COTN), a global family of churches with shared values and a commitment to see the Kingdom of God advanced here on earth. 

Ruwach was planted from Christian Centre in East London, South Africa in 2002. Since then we have maintained a strong relationship with Christian Centre and have built connections to other churches both locally and abroad, most notably through COTN.


COTN is made up of five separate clusters of churches. We are part of the Freedom Hill International (FHI) cluster led by Louis and Edna Els who are the senior pastors of Victory Church in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. Within our Freedom Hill family we belong to a sub-cluster of churches and ministries affiliated with Christian Centre, known as Heartbeat Ministries International (HMI), which is overseen by Marius and Linda Gradwell.

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For more information on Church of the Nations or Freedom Hill International, check out their websites by clicking on their logos:


Statement of Faith

To look at our statement of faith click on the link below. The link will open up a separate document on a new page.

Statement of Faith



At Ruwach we recognise the importance of our work with children and young people and adults in need of protection and our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care. To read our full Safeguarding Policy, please follow the link below.

Safeguarding Policy