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New minister for South Norfolk church

Alan and Janet Davies2010: Wymondham Baptist Church will soon be opening a new chapter in its history of more than 200 years, by appointing a new minister on 9 January 2010.


Friends of the church are invited to attend Alan Davies’s formal induction into the role of minister at Wymondham Baptist at a service on Saturday 9 January, at 3:00 p.m. The induction will include a time of worship and preaching. The Reverend Alan Stroulger, who recently retired from leading the Baptist Church at Carlton Road (and who was at college with Alan), will be preaching. Richard Lewis of the Eastern Baptist Association will be conducting the service, and refreshments will follow.


The church body voted unanimously to invite Alan to join them as their official minister after a two-year period of running its outreach from within its own members’ talents and enthusiasms. During this time the church remained focussed on bringing in the right person, and Alan, who began full-time ministry in 1982, will be a natural fit within the community-focussed church. His rich experience of working with people includes being a fully qualified counsellor, as well as time in the RAF, working for the MOD, and representing the Home Office in the UK and abroad.


Alan’s wife, Janice, who is also a trained counsellor, plays an important part in his ministry and has been a support to him in the churches he has served recently. She has also encouraged him in the work he does with the church in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Alan and Janice have already set up home in Wymondham as they settle into their role.


Nigel Hannant, one of the team of deacons which has been running administrative affairs for the church, commented that "Alan and Janice already fit in as one of us, really fitting in with where we are in our journey, and where they are in their own lives. We’re excited about how Alan’s wisdom and insight will enhance all our own talents, and how he will lead and support by working alongside us."


Alan echoed Nigel’s enthusiasm, commenting that he and Janice felt certain Wymondham is where God has called them to, and that they are eager to support and to grow its existing ministries.


For more information please contact the church on 01953 607938.

., 04/01/2010

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