Lee's Story

Lee's Story


It was here that I sensed Jesus’ love for me and his presence.

From football to faith. One boy's story of Alpha Youth.

I never thought I was that bad, but as a teenager, a typical weekend consisted of football, terrorising homes, smashing windows, carrying drugs, drinking and fighting – neighbourhood verses neighbourhood. We were often chased by the police up and down the streets.

But it wasn’t just about drugs and football. Deep down, I longed to be accepted by people and searched for this in relationships. I thought if a girl could accept me for me I would find happiness.  

I spent High school searching for that fulfilment but this meant that I was hurt time and time again. I was messed around with, cheated on and used. I shut myself off from relationships. 

One night my older sister said she was going to go to this thing called Alpha with her boyfriend and invited me along to the youth one. As football training was cancelled and I was promised a free meal I decided to go. 

It was in the local church – a place I’d never really been before. There were so many different people there. It was great. We heard about very simple things like who Jesus is and what he did. I loved listening and everyone had so many questions. 


I couldn’t wait to go back each week. We went on an incredible day away where we played bowling and laser quest and had a ton of fun getting to know one another. It was here that I sensed Jesus’ love for me and his presence.

I’d been looking for happiness in relationships and on Alpha I felt God say to me - “It’s only in me you’ll find it Lee”

At the end of Alpha I met a girl who has been Christian since she was seven years old. She accepts me for me and she’s helping me grow in my faith. Alpha really is the best thing I could have done.

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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.