About Rev Dennis Pethers

Rev Dennis Pethers

I was born and brought up just on the edge of London, England and come from a background where church did not feature at all. I didn’t know that I didn’t know Jesus!

“God doesn’t just exist, He loved me enough to die for me.”

I came to know Jesus as a result of my boss giving me the book ‘Mere Christianity’ to read. I discovered a truth that was just staggering, “God doesn’t just exist, He loved me enough to die for me.” This realization filled my life with a new passion and I wanted everybody to hear this amazing news. Nobody that I knew (except my boss) had any idea of what the gospel was and, I quickly discovered, that most Christians aren’t that keen to share it!

This passion grew and I left my career in insurance and trained for the ministry at Spurgeon’s College in London. In 1993 I set up Viz-A-Viz Ministries in the UK. At the beginning of 2015 I launched a new ministry – The Rooftop.

The Rooftop is helping churches across the world to discover God’s passion for people beyond the walls of the church and to ‘Join Jesus in His Mission’. The Rooftop is now established in the UK, US, South Africa, Australia Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

My passion is to help the church today to face a new reality. This new reality is that generations growing up in what were once Christian countries are no longer inheriting the assumptions of their parents and Grandparents. The gospel is no longer the filter through which these generations understand the world and increasingly church plays no part in their lives. They are ‘never churched’. They don’t know the staggering truth of the gospel!

Sadly, in this new reality, many churches continue to function in the same way as they did at a time when most people were ‘churched’. But the new reality requires a new approach and, at the heart of this, I believe is the need for a movement of ordinary Christians who will have the confidence and desire to share their faith with people who don’t know that they don’t know Jesus!

It is because of this great need I have launched The Rooftop.

As well as ministering through The Rooftop I have created this website because I want to be able to offer help and support to leaders, churches and individuals as they seek to share Jesus with people beyond the walls. help churches and individual Christians to grasp the opportunity that we now have in this new reality.

Consequently, on this site you will find:

  • My blog where I comment on current themes related to evangelism in a post church context.
  • Articles that explore how we may reach people in a ‘never churched’ context.

You will also find:

Dennis Pethers’ journey to faith video