Beech Hill Church is a small, friendly Bible-teaching church in the small friendly Yorkshire town of Otley.
We want people across Lower Wharfedale to hear the wonderful message of all that God has done for them in Jesus. We want believers to be built up in the Gospel, and we want our church family to love and serve one another and our community around us.
We are an evangelical church and we aim to make the Bible’s message accessible, understandable, and available to everyone, preaching the good news of Jesus to ourselves, each other and also to the world around around us.
Our Church, now known as Beech Hill Church, has been in Otley for nearly 105 years and started life as a Methodist Mission Hall. We have met in various buildings over the last 100 years, at different times and with different names, but our commitment to the Jesus Christ and His Gospel have been with us throughout. In September 2016 we got a new pastor, Chris Haley, who took over from the previous pastor who had served in Otley for 30 years! In 2021 we changed our name to ‘Beech Hill Church’ and got our own building on Beech Hill/Westgate in Otley. For more information go to the ‘Our History‘ page.
We are part of the wider church nationally through the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), a group of around 600 churches, and regionally through the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership. Even though our name used to be ‘Bethel Evangelical Church’, we are not in any way linked or affiliated with ‘Bethel Church’ in America.
Finding Out More
If you want to know more about us please have a look around our website. The best way to find out about is to come along on a Sunday. We have started to meet again in-person at 10:30am on a Sunday, you can get a bit of a taster of what it’s like by watching one of our guest services on the talks section of the website. We also have two Life Groups, one based in Otley and one based in Ilkley which are currently meeting over Zoom.
For people who would really like to find out more about Christianity, starting with the basics, we regularly run courses like Christianity Explored.