What is a Christian?

“Christian” is a term that refers to a person who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A Christian believes that Jesus was not a mythical figure, nor was He a mere man who lived during the Roman Empire for thirty-three years and died without victory, but He is the one and only Son of God, who loves every person who has ever lived so much that He conquered death to give us eternal life with Him.

Becoming a Christian is a response to this extraordinary love. By declaring themselves a Christian, people commit to a life transformed by the person of Jesus Christ.

Anyone can become a Christian. Nothing in your past, nothing you think or feel is too terrible that it cannot be salvaged by what Christ has done.

What do we believe?

  • One God (three persons): Father, Son and Holy Spirit who created all things by His mighty power, and is in control of all things.
  • Men and women: created perfect in the image of God but who, through disobedience, have become the slaves of sin and are therefore liable to God's just punishment.
  • Jesus Christ: the eternal Son of God who became man, lived a blameless life and died in our place, taking all our guilt away; who rose physically from the dead and is alive and reigning in heaven today as Lord of all; who will one day return to this world and judge all men, condemning those who are unrepentant and unbelieving and taking those who truly believe in Him to be with Him in heaven.
  • The Holy Spirit: who works in the hearts of people, enabling them to believe in Jesus Christ and to repent of their wrongdoings (sins) and who is a living reality in the lives of those who are true believers.
  • The forgiveness of sin: this comes about as a free and undeserved gift through the death of the Lord Jesus, in the place of sinners, and is received only through faith in Him.
  • The Bible: which is God's Word, true and meaningful to all generations and in all circumstances, and tells us what we need to know, about what we should believe and how we should live.
  • The Church: this is the world-wide community of people who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Believers’ baptism: we believe that all those who come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should follow His example and instruction to be baptised. In Bellevue we provide for full-immersion baptism. If you are a believer and have not yet responded to the Lord’s call to be baptised or would simply like to know more about it, then please speak to one of the Elders.

While we all share those common beliefs, there are plenty of things that make us different! Children, teenagers, students, men and women, old and young, singles, couples, families from a diverse number of countries with different church traditions (or none at all!). We don’t always agree on every matter of belief but we believe that we are one family in the body of Christ who come together to encourage, support, teach, have fun with and most importantly love one other!

When Do We Meet?

All services are currently cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic
We meet together frequently to worship God, to study the Bible and to encourage and pray for one another. We warmly welcome visitors to our meetings. As of July 2018 the following service times and locations will apply.

10:30am - 11:45am Bellevue Chapel. Rodney Street
A relaxed atmosphere, contemporary worship led by a praise band and a bible talk given by church members or visiting speakers. Communion will be taken during this service throughout the month of July. There are no evening services in July - these will resume in August. A relaxed atmosphere, contemporary worship led by a praise band and a bible talk given by church members or visiting speakers. During this service there are a number of youth groups and a crèche for babies and young children. Tea and coffee is served from 10am onwards, so come early to chat and get to know some of us before the service begins. On the last Sunday of the month we also take communion during this service.

6:30pm - 7:45pm Bellevue Chapel, Rodney Street
God’s Word for us today. The Bible is at the heart of what we do at Bellevue, so this time of worship and extended Bible teaching is essential for followers of Jesus Christ to grow in our faith and in our knowledge of our Lord. We also take communion during this service with the exception of the last Sunday of the month.

For details of other gatherings, take a look at the Community page.


Christiaan Hofstra
Senior Pastor

Christiaan Hofstra is husband to Donna and father to Chloe and Anna. Originally from Holland, he has lived all over the world, from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. Now he calls Edinburgh home, and is looking forward to new beginnings of Christ and His Gospel at the centre of Bellevue Chapel. When he isn't preaching on Sunday morning, you can find Christiaan cycling, enjoying a bit of music or even taking a stab at cooking.

Alex Warren
Minister in Training

Alex is married to Frances and is originally from the Bristol area. He is training for Pastoral ministry at Bellevue and studying  theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He worked as an accountant for a number of years and enjoys playing the piano, watching cricket and reading history in his spare time.

Fiona McPhail
Pastoral Care Assistant

Fiona is originally from Glasgow and found her way to living in Edinburgh after a decade spent south of the border in London. A member at Bellevue for many years Fiona is the pastoral care assistant, supporting the Senior Pastor in providing pastoral support to church members and the wider community.


The Senior Pastor and a team of elders lead Bellevue. The elders’ primary role is to provide spiritual oversight to the church. This function is discharged specifically through the provision of pastoral care, teaching and discernment of God's will for the church. The leadership model as demonstrated by the Lord Jesus and emphasised by scripture is that of servant leadership.

Rowan Parks

Rowan is a medic who loves watching the sporting endeavours of his four children and escaping to Loch Lomond to be on the water.

George Campbell

George is a husband, dad, lawyer and supporter of a famous Glasgow football club. His gradually expanding waistline disguises that he also likes to cycle

John Mair

John's natural habitat is at home with family when not at work or attending group gatherings; he enjoys fresh air and exercise

Alan Paterson

Alan is married to Julie and they have one son. He is almost now accepted in the east of Scotland having emigrated from the west many years ago.

Ewen McDonald

Ewen works as a software developer, enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and watching most sports.

Ken Knowles

Ken is married to Anne and is an IT security consultant. He avoids exercise by being otherwise engaged in a geeky pastime related to either computers, aviation or both.