Arun Church started as Rustington Christian Fellowship in 1972 as a church plant from Littlehampton Baptist Church. Led by David Thatcher and his father-in-law John Smale, the first meeting was Sunday 1st October in a small room at Rustington Village Hall. In March 1978, we were established as a separate church with John as the Pastor. David took over leadership responsibility in September 1983.
In 1992, the church started a monthly youth event known as Cutting Edge. The event grew to over 1,000 people, with annual concerts on Littlehampton Beach Green which attracted thousands. The worship band adopted the name Delirious? in 1996 and went on to worldwide recognition.
After running three congregations for a number of years, we moved venue to Littlehampton Community School for our Sunday services in 2001 and continue to meet in the rebuilt Academy. On 10th October 2010 Becca Jupp assumed the role of Senior Leader supported by the Core Leadership Team.