About Betel — Our Beginnings & Locations


Windmill House, Birmingham

In 1985, eleven years before opening in Britain, Betel (Spanish for Bethel) received its first destitute men and women off the streets of Madrid through the pioneering work of a team of WEC missionaries.  Since that time more than 100,000 homeless and socially disadvantaged have been helped throughout Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Central Asia, Australia, Ukraine, Mexico, Russia, Finland, Bulgaria, N Africa, Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, Mongolia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and the UK. Betel residences host more than 2,000 recovering men and women in 100 cities in 23 nations.

For contact details on Betel’s dozens of centres worldwide see the Betel International Website www.betel.org

Betel is a ministry of WEC International, who currently have over 1800 workers in over 80 countries, reaching the unreached and planting new churches.   For more information on the ministry of WEC around the world please click here:  www.wecinternational.org.uk

The Betel Church in Madrid, Spain

Betel Church, Madrid, Spain

Betel of Britain is a group of caring, not-for-profit Christian communities in the heart of the UK dedicated to restoring homeless and long-term unemployed people to healthy, independent lifestyles. We train men and women in a wide range of life and employment skills, enabling them to rebuild a strong work ethic. All of our residences are drug- and alcohol-free and totally free of charge (see ‘Admission Procedures’ for more details). We offer the opportunity of restoration to all persons who seek our help.

Manna Farm, Nottingham

Manna Farm, Nottingham

Betel UK opened its first British base outside Birmingham in 1996 at Windmill House, owned by the Bournville Village Trust.  Additional residences followed, and we now operate centres in Nottingham, Derby, Watford, Manchester, Hexham & Dublin, including five houses for female residents, providing help & hope for over 300 people in the UK alone.

Derby Buildings

Hope Barn, Derby

Vision for UK Expansion

Homelessness, long-term unemployment  and substance abuse continue to escalate in the UK. In keeping with our pattern of growth in Spain and other nations, Betel is committed to expanding into every major city in the UK and Ireland as properties and funding become available.

Watford House

Watford House

Dublin Property

Dublin Centre

“ART welcomes its partnership with Betel. We are delighted to extend the capacity of this ministry in Britain, which brings new hope to those most in need by helping them to help themselves”

—Sir Adrian Cadbury, Chairman, Aston Reinvestment Trust