On Saturday 5 November, James Allan was ordained to the Christian ministry and inducted into the pastorate of Hebron Evangelical Church, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil.
It was a chilly but beautiful autumn afternoon and the chapel was filled with sunlight and around 250 people. It was a stirring sound to hear so many voices singing God’s praise. Dr Eryl Davies, an elder at the Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff, read Mark 6:30-50 and then led in prayer.
Rev. Stephen Darby, pastor of Hope Church, led the ordination, and Rev. Roy Hamilton, the former pastor of Hebron, led the act of induction. Mr Allan confirmed his belief in doctrinal fundamentals, such as the triune God, Christ as the Son of God, and the Scriptures as the infallible, inerrant Word of God.
Philip Cushen, an elder at Hebron, gave a history of the call for a pastor, to which Mr Allan responded and gave his testimony. He gave thanks for his parents bringing him up with the truth of Scripture, for godly influences and conviction of sin, the desire and opportunities to speak God’s Word to others, for his calling to the ministry, and for God’s helping the family after the call came.
Rev. Stephen Darby gave a commendation of James from Hope Church, where Mr Allan and his wife Esther have served for 13 years. He spoke of their faithfulness, loyalty, and service in the children’s work. The church is indebted to them, while giving the glory to God alone, and will miss them and their four children, Joshua, Joseph, Daniel and Esmée.
Rev. Dan Peters, pastor of Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church and James’ brother-in-law, preached from Mark 6 on the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water.