The Hackney Pentecostal Apostolic Church (HPAC) is a continuation of the great revival that began on the day of Pentecost (about A.D. 30) in Jerusalem. Albeit, the church started from the day the children of Israel left Egypt. In Acts 7:38, reference is made about the church in the wilderness. The church in the Wilderness was led by God in the form of a Pillar of Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night. Since the great revival at Pentecost, the Church is now being led by the Holy Ghost who lives in our hearts. The church was built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief cornerstone, (Acts 2:1-41; Ephesians 2:19, 20).
The current building was constructed in 1847 and was previously known as the Middleton Road Congregational Church. It was in the year of 1970 that our late Bishop Douglas received a vision of the Lord to “Go to Hackney and purchase the land that I give unto you.” He began renting a hall at Whiston Road until our Mother and Pastor, Pastor Douglas saw our present building 39 Middleton Road (now 27).
Through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, she encouraged our late Bishop, Bishop Douglas to make enquiries on holding services in the building. The Lord made this possible and opened the doors where it was acquired on a rental basis in 1972 until it was purchased in 1974. The intention was to have a spiritual home, where all could come and offer praise and thanksgiving for redemption from sin.
The church is of the Pentecostal Apostolic Faith which preaches and teaches repentance and baptism “in the name” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, thus fulfilling the commandment of the Lord according to Acts 2:38. Our style of worship is led and guided by the Holy Ghost which is the Spirit of God. When the Holy Ghost is in our midst we rejoice, clap, sing and praise the Lord as we are overwhelmed with joy.
Our church is surrounded by various attractions and landmarks within the borough such as the famous London Fields Park, St Augustine’s Tower which is the remains of the original medieval parish church and is the oldest building in Hackney. There is also Sutton House which is the oldest residential building in Hackney.