People • Liberty Church Amsterdam
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A church is not a building – it’s all about people. Meet our vibrant community, made up of people from all over the world. We invite you to join us as we seek to love and serve God in Amsterdam.

Community Groups

As well as gathering together every Sunday, we also meet midweek in small groups across the city. These groups are a great way to get to know more people, build friendships and encourage one another in our faith. We have groups meeting across the city on midweek evenings. If you’d like to join one of these community groups you can sign up at

Get to know a few of our group leaders…

Jess and Ludo came to Amsterdam from Sydney, Australia because of Ludo’s Dutch heritage. They wanted to see what life was like in the Netherlands, and after three years they are still loving it. They love that their community group is a place where people can openly share their lives, enjoy friendship, and figure out what their faith looks like in practice (and also the food!). They meet in Rivierenbuurt on Wednesdays

Indy, Benjamin, and Loretta are all from England (London, Brighton & Slough). Loretta came to Amsterdam for work, but stayed because God placed her in a great church family. Benjamin came to Amsterdam because he felt like God was calling him to serve at Liberty church. Indy came because Benjamin came (they’re married). Their favourite things about running a community group are the laughter, the miracles God does in their group, and of course Benjamin’s wonderful cooking! They meet on Tuesdays in Centrum West (this is the group to join if you are a student in the city!)

Werner and Katharina moved to the Netherlands from South Africa 3 years ago. They love running their community group, and say that it’s beautiful chaos with a mix of ultimate comfort and a lot of love. They also have kids work at their group led by the older kids. They meet in Haarlem Noord on Fridays

Derek and Elizabeth Bass are from Texas and Kentucky in the US. They are in Amsterdam to impact the nations for Christ through Derek’s position as a professor and head of the department of Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament studies at Tyndale Theological Seminary. Their favourite thing about running a community group is that it is a beautiful way to “one another” in the Gospel as they pray together, dive into the Word together, and practically serve one another. They meet at Museumplein in Wednesdays


Talitha and Sander are from Amsterdam and Kockengen and they run their community group with Brent who is from South Africa. Talitha and Sander moved back from England to Amsterdam to be closer to family. Brent moved to Amsterdam to build Liberty Church and be a part of a new community. Their favourite thing about running their community group is welcoming new people to the city and building friendships. They meet on Diemen on Wednesdays.

Wilson and Beth came from Brazil to the Netherlands to study. They live near Haarlem because they think the area is beautiful and peaceful. Their favourite thing about running a small group is getting to see everyone on a weekly basis, sharing their faith and friendship, and having a supporting church family nearby. They meet in the South of Haarlem on Fridays (kids are also welcome!)

Rich and Chantelle are from Durban, South Africa. They visited Amsterdam in 2015, felt instantly at home, and fell in love with the city. So, they sold everything they owned and moved here in 2016. Their favourite thing about running a small group is that they get to be each other’s family. They meet in Zaandam on Tuesdays.

Pieter and Toos are Amsterdam locals. They think (know) that Amsterdam is the best city in the world. They love running their small group as they get a chance to meet new people, do life together, and grow in knowing Jesus more. They meet in Amsterdam West on a Wednesday.

Tim and Pascal are from Zimbabwe and the UK. Tim came to Amsterdam for an adventure and to start a new job; Pascal came to Amsterdam because God provided him with a great job and called him to be a part of the city. Their favourite things about running a community group are getting to know people on a deeper level, and seeing their prayers answered. They meet on Mondays in Centrum Oost.

Mike and Ilona came to Amsterdam from Sydney, Australia for Mike’s work and because God made it clear this was where He wanted them to be. Their favourite thing about running a community group is getting to know other believers and sharing their Christian walk together. They meet in Oud-Zuid on Wednesdays.


Are you interested in being part of Liberty Church? Our community is made up of people from all over the world – including ‘born & bred’ Amsterdammers and many from much further afield.

We’re always keen to welcome new people and we’re sure you’ll feel at home with us. Use our contact form or get in touch with us through social media. We’d love to hear from you.


Matt & Jo Simmonds moved from Brighton, UK (having been leaders at Emmanuel Church, Brighton) with their four daughters to Amsterdam in July 2014 to start Liberty Church Amsterdam.

Matt & Jo first visited Amsterdam in October 2011 and immediately fell in love with the city and began to dream about starting a church in Amsterdam. Six years later they remain committed to working out that dream – building a community of people who love Jesus, love each other and love Amsterdam.