Independent Evangelical (FIEC)

Evangelical Christians accept the Bible as the authoritative and inerring source of information regarding truth about God and Christian worship. Human beings can only be saved (go to heaven at death) by making an act of acceptance of Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour. People who are not saved during their lifetime experience eternal punishment in Hell. Jesus is acknowledged as being truly God, born of a virgin, performing miracles, suffering as a punishment for the sins of all saved human beings, and rising from the dead. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are celebrated, but understood as symbols of an inner faith rather than acts which change a person's status in the sight of God.

Many independent churches which share these beliefs belong to FIEC - the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches - which is not a denomination as such but a body founded in 1922 to serve common interests. FIEC-affiliated churches are concerned to give a strong and clear witness to the principles they stand for, and tend not to join with other Christians who either deny the key principles above, or (as in the case of Catholic and Orthodox churches) add ideas rooted in unwritten traditions to those found in the Bible.

For independent Evangelical congregations in the Faith Wales area, click here.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.