, currently pastor of Ernest Street Baptist Chapel
, has accepted the call to lead WRBC forward on the next stage of its journey.
Although the appointment appears swift, the church trustees say that they started the appointment process some 15 months ago, have considered many pastors’ CVs and conducted various interviews over this time.
“The appointment process has come to fruition at a perfect time,” said church administrator, Duncan MacInnes
. “The church trustees believe Steve to be an excellent leader who will build on the great work done by David Adams.”
At a special church members meeting on Sunday April 27, church members voted overwhelmingly and with enthusiasm to endorse the trustees’ recommendation of Steve’s appointment.
Steve (52) has over 20 years nursing experience in this country and in Israel where he met his wife Chris.
Later he was involved with lecturing and managing critical care education within a large teaching hospital and across Greater Manchester.
In 2003 he entered church-based training at Ernest Street Baptist Chapel and in 2006 accepted the post of full time pastor at the church.
Amazingly, this is not the first time that a pastor has moved from Ernest Street to Witard Road. Pastor Bill Nelson transferred from Accrington in 1962 and served as minister at WRBC for four years.
Steve and Chris are planning to move to Norfolk in the summer and an Induction Service will be held in the early autumn.
Read our story on the retirement of David Adams.
Pictured above are Steve and Chris Thomasson with their family.