New minister welcomed to Norwich Elim church
Nick Whipps has been welcomed as the new minister of Norwich Elim Church on Trory Street at an induction service that gathered the local church family as well as others from across the region.
Elim's regional leader for the area, Rev Dave Campbell, officiated at the induction service and other ministers from within the Elim family were also present and took the opportunity to pray over the future as well as for Nick and his wife Lesley's ministry in Norwich.
Nick takes responsibility for the church following periods of pastoring in Sheffield and Loughborough. Married to Lesley the couple have three adult children Matt, Rachel and Josh who live in Chelmsford, London and Cardiff respectively.
Some 19 years of Nick's working life was spent in a civilian capacity with the Metropolitan, Essex and Cheshire Police forces before leaving his home city of Chelmsford in 2007 to pursue training at Regent's Theological College in Nantwich, Cheshire.
Nick was ordained by Elim in June 2011 at their annual conference. He says that he is looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of him, and is greatly encouraged by the existing ministries that Norwich Elim undertake in the community and to the city. His induction was on June 25
"I'm excited by the potential that exists here at Norwich Elim,” said Nick. “There is good outreach work that engages with the community already. I am keen to build relationships and trust with those in the immediate community and encourage those already following Jesus to reveal Him to everyone they come in contact with."
Pictured above are Nick and Lesley Whipps.