History, Vision & Values
In 1996 Pastor Gerri & Michelle Di Somma came with their family to the UK from South Africa. When in London, God spoke ‘Bristol’ to Pastor Gerri and in obedience, they moved here to set up a Bible College. God brought them to teach His people to prosper and to live by faith. In 1997 Carmel Church was started in Redcatch Community Centre in Knowle. In time they outgrew that space and moved to Unit D at the Paintworks, then purchased 817a on the Bath Road in 2004.
Carmel’s mission statement is Luke 9:2:
‘He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick’
which was given to us in 1994. To achieve this, God gave us a 4-phase strategy: to cover our city, bless our neighbours, send to the nation and touch the world. The concept of ‘one Church, many locations’ is the Blueprint of the Mission, Strategy and Process that the vision of Carmel follows. Following this blueprint has seen the work flourish.
All vision comes from God and with this He gives a strategy for its fulfilment. Carmel’s vision is rooted in four basic instructions which align us with the book of Acts 2:42 (MEV)
“They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”