About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 1894, Union Hall is within walking distance of the city centre, the University of Manchester campuses, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Commonwealth Pool. Our desire is to reach out to the local community and to be a support to the student population.

We are brought together by our faith in Jesus Christ. We believe Him to be God’s only Son, and our personal Saviour and Lord, and through Him we have found not only a new relationship with God, but also strength and real purpose for daily living.

Teaching from the Word of God is the central focus of our Sunday worship which includes a mix of old and new hymns and worship songs. We have a multi-cultural, all-ages congregation with family friendly Sunday morning services which include Sunday School and a crèche. Midweek children’s clubs are provided along with student hospitality, opportunity for midweek prayer and group Bible study.

We hope you will use the links on this site to learn more about the church, our activities and most importantly the faith that we have in Jesus Christ.

We are affiliated members of both networks.

Pastor & Elders

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Adam Beattie

Pastor

Adam became a Christian whilst a student after spending over 3 years trying to ignore the claims of Jesus Christ. When he finally stopped running and turned to trust in Christ his only regret was that he hadn’t done it sooner!

Whilst studying Engineering in Manchester he became a member of Union Hall. After his studies, life took him to various places, including working with UCCF in Cumbria, studying at theological college in South Africa and ministering as an assistant Pastor in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. But Manchester always felt like home, and he carried fond memories of the wonderfully diverse fellowship at Union Hall. In September 2018, 12 years after moving away from the city, Adam was called back to Union Hall as their Pastor. Adam is married to Ashleigh, and they have two young children who keep them very busy!

Among other things, Adam enjoys eating Pizza, fixing stuff, music from the eighties and talking about old cars.

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Keith Dearden

Church Elder

Keith has been worshipping at Union Hall all his life, having been carried in by his mother! Married with two grown up children, he was appointed Church Secretary in 1983 and as an elder of the church in 1987, positions that he continues to hold today.

Keith has a heart for children and in his early years, together with his wife Lynda, established a mid-week Children’s Club at Union Hall, in addition to being involved with Campaigner work, the uniformed Christian youth movement.

Keith’s desire is to see a greater hunger for the Word of God, for it is only in the scriptures that we find the answers to life’s challenges and opportunities. Also for an increased desire to pray, both individually and corporately as a fellowship, as without prayer our work will be in vain. Keith is retired but still seems to be in full-time employment with church work and, along with Lynda, providing child care for three of their five grandchildren! Prior to retirement, he worked for Vertex, the outsourcing arm of United Utilities, following 30 years working for Norweb, the former electricity supply company for NW England.

He has a son living in Macclesfield and a daughter living in Cadishead. Both attend church locally with their respective wife and husband and their children.

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Frank McDonald

Church Elder

Frank has been in membership at Union Hall since 1980 and has been in regular attendance since apart for a period between 2003 and 2007. He is married with two daughters and one son and to date has six grandchildren.

Frank regularly preaches at evangelical churches in the Greater Manchester area. Frank has worked for 40 years in Management Schools at Manchester Metropolitan University, Plymouth University, Hull University, Bradford University and Liverpool University. He retired in 2017, but works part-time at Leeds University Business School as a Professor of International Business.

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Church History

In the 1880’s the world-renowned preacher Dr. Alexander McLaren was drawing great crowds of listeners to Union Chapel, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Amongst the Chapel’s activities was a Christian Endeavour Society, and the young people of the Society’s Home Missionary Committee were looking for opportunities of service which would be honouring to the Lord. The young people, under the ministry of Dr. McLaren were given the vision of a great need and after much prayer were given a burden for the district of Hulme.

The young people were led to a cottage in Sheffield Street, where a godly woman, Mrs. Hooley, opened her door for Sunday evening Gospel services. Meetings, although very crowded, continued here until 1902, with occasional temporary use of a disused public house and a laundry to accommodate growing numbers. At the end of 1902, a room above a Smithy in Canning Street was obtained, and the adult work transferred from the cottage on 1st February 1903. Such were the beginnings of Union Hall.

A fuller account of the early years of the church are contained in the booklet “Remember the Way” published in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee in 1954.

Francis Thompson was the first Pastor of Union Hall. In the 1960's there was an article about him published in the Manchester Evening News.

On 24th June 2007 the church celebrated the 40th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the present building on Stretford Road, Hulme.

On 25th May 2008 the church celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of the present building on Stretford Stretford Road, Hulme.

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