The induction of Rev. Thomas Yates to the pastorate at Maryport Street Baptist Chapel in Devizes was held at 3.00pm on Saturday 11April 2015.
The chapel was full, as members and friends gave thanks to the Lord for his provision of a pastor after a seven-year interregnum.
Church secretary Paul Mackey told those present how, just over a year ago, Mr Yates had been invited to fill the pulpit occasionally for ministry on the Lord’s Day. During those initial visits, there was a recognition by the church of the clear and uncompromising way in which Mr Yates preached the gospel and expounded the Scriptures, in practical and helpful ministry.
Further preaching visits were organised and it quickly became apparent that the Lord was leading future pastor and church in a similar direction.
In autumn 2014, Mr Yates was asked to come to preach with a view. After a further meeting with the diaconate, the church became aware that the Lord would have us issue a call to him to take up the pastorate at Maryport Street.
This was done and Mr Yates accepted the call. He started his ministry here on the Lord’s Day, 22 March 2015.
During his induction, Mr Yates gave an account detailing the Lord’s dealings with him throughout his life, and in particular over the last year. He had been in full-time ministry as pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Haslemere, but latterly had to take secular employment to support himself. The Lord answered many prayers during this time and eventually led him to Devizes.
We were encouraged and challenged by the ministry of Pastors Richard Clarke of Plymouth and Robert Cordle of Harrold who gave the charge to the new pastor and church, respectively. The day was a blessed occasion for all who gathered.