Gimena's Story

Gimena's Story


My life was complete chaos

My childhood was spent travelling back and forth between Cordoba and Rio Cuarto in central Argentina. My parents had separated when I was seven and, growing up, my life was torn between the two towns. The only constant was a nagging feeling of rejection from both sides – never really belonging.

As a teenager I started going out late and wouldn’t come home until five in the morning, sometimes I didn’t make it home at all. I started working when I was seventeen and within three years I was holding down five different jobs at the same time; working twelve hours a day, every day. I was independent but my life was complete chaos.

One day my cousin invited me to an event she was running with some of her friends, it was Alpha. I wasn’t sure about it but I promised her I’d give it a go.

I had no idea what to expect. I studied religion at school and I’d seen it in the same way that I saw math or science: learning topics to pass exams but without any kind of real understanding.

By the time I arrived on that first day there were already a lot of people around, everyone was so nice but it was a Sunday and it felt strange to be there and not watching football… So I’m a little ashamed to say that I spent that first session with one earphone in listening to the match.

At first I thought Alpha was just more of the same

At first I thought Alpha was just more of the same that I’d heard before, but there was something attractive about that place and every week I made the choice to go back. Over the sessions I discovered more and more about Jesus. I was introduced to him, experienced him and felt his love. I think I found that real understanding that I’d missed first time around.

I started to feel more grounded and, before I knew it, the love that for so many years was just another subject at school had become real in my life.

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Decoding Alpha // Alex's Story

Decoding Alpha // Alex's Story

Hear from Alex Wood in Portsmouth about his journey from trying Alpha, invited by a housemate to using it as a key tool in church planting.

We wanted to talk to Alex about what his top tips and tricks are, debunking the myths of what is takes to run a successful Alpha.


Who is Alex?

Alex became a Christian on Alpha at HTB in 2007. He’d been living and working in London for a few years after graduating from university and a friend invited him to Try Alpha. He went along expecting to disprove christianity but experienced quite the opposite.



After being selected to train for ordination in the church of England, Alex moved to Brighton where he worked at St Peter’s, and studied at St Mellitus College in London. After five years at St Peter's he and his wife, Liz, relocated to Portsmouth with their two daughters to start a brand new church plant named Harbour Church.



Based in the heart of the city, Harbour Church is located in an old department store on the High Street. They run a social enterprise coffee shop on the ground level whilst the church is spread over the three floors above. 

Alina's Story

Alina's Story

Alina's experience of Alpha and how it played a part in her journey of faith.