Sheringham churches welcomes new minister
The new minister of Sheringham Baptist Church
has been formally welcomed to the town, at an induction service led by regional Baptist minister Rev Richard Lewis.
Rev Bryan Pickard has moved to Sheringham with his wife Lynne after 13 years as pastor of Southwick Christian Community Church in Worthing, West Sussex.
He came to the church quite late in life, having left school with no qualifications, trained as a barber and opened up his own hairdressing salon near his home town of Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, at the age of just 18.
By the time he reached his early 20s, Mr Pickard owned two salons and a clothing business but, when he ran into difficulties in the recession-hit 1980s, he decided on a change of career.
"In the middle of it all, I heard the call of God and ended up spending 3 years at London Bible College," he said.
After 5 years as pastor of a small church in Surrey, Mr Pickard took on the challenge of looking after two Hampshire churches situated 100 miles apart, at the same time travelling to prayer seminars all over the country.
He moved to Southwick in 2000, where he was instrumental in the building of a £1 million Christian community centre.
Mr Pickard and his wife Lynne were attracted to the "warm and friendly" atmosphere at Sheringham Baptist Church, which has been without a minister since October 2008.
The couple were welcomed by the chairman of Sheringham Churches Together Rev Colin Sherwood
, who is minister of St Andrew's Church
, and the group's vice-chairman, vicar of St Peter's, Rev Christian Heycocks
Also in attendance at the induction service were Sheringham Salvation Army leaders Majs Ian and Isobel Robinson and Sheringham mayor Noel Gant. Fr Denys Lloyd of St Joseph's Catholic Church was unable to attend the induction service, but sent his best wishes to Mr and Mrs Pickard.
Mr Sherwood, who arrived at Sheringham with his family 18 months ago, said Mr Pickard's appointment represented a "completion" for the town and for Churches Together.
"We meet together, worship together and try to do as much as we can for the community together and it is really wonderful to have Bryan join us," he added.
Article and pictures courtesy of EDP24