On Saturday 14 February over 100 people gathered at Kirby-le-Soken Evangelical Church, Essex, to welcome the new minister, Ken Houghten.
Ken Houghten grew up in Michigan, USA, but has been working alongside small churches in England for over 30 years. He has a part-time role supporting missionaries across Europe. For the past two years he has been working with a Baptist church in Clifton, Bedfordshire.
During the service, Keith Munford (deacon) thanked all those who had helped over the previous nine years, since Jeremy Bailey had moved to South Wales. He spoke of how the church had got to know Pastor Houghten and his wife Dawn over the past year and how a love had developed between them and the congregation.
Keith also spoke of a shared vision for the church to grow and reach out to others in the neighbourhood with the good news of salvation from sin through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Martin Peirce from Greenstead Evangelical Church, Colchester, chaired the service. The preacher was Ian MacGregor from Ivybridge in Devon. He exhorted the church to hear God’s Word as it was preached to them and to support their new pastor through prayer.
A tea was held after the service, with many staying to celebrate. The congregation look forward to this new era in the life of the church, believing that God’s Word is still the only way to everlasting life.