On 5 July, Pontesbury Baptist Church, a church in rural Shropshire, held an induction service confirming the call of Mike Wells to be its pastor. This was led by Adrian Argile, the regional Baptist representative.
Chris Scott, one of the church leaders, explained how Pontesbury had come to call Mr Wells as pastor. The church had been without a pastor for seven years, during which time several men faithfully preached the Word each week.
In December 2013, the church leaders were encouraged to advertise in the Christian press for a pastor. The response was positive, with several applicants, but the leaders felt a strong affinity with Mr Wells.
Mr Scott explained that Mike Wells and his wife Lucy had met with the leadership and then spent a Sunday at the church, with Mr Wells preaching at both services. Shortly after, the church voted unanimously to call him.
Mr Wells was asked to talk about his call, before Rev. Dr Richard Birch (Harold Hill Evangelical Free Church, Essex) gave a challenging message to both Mike Wells and his new congregation. He asked: ‘What is a pastor?’ (Ephesians 4:11-13), ‘What does a pastor do?’ (1 Peter 5:1-4), and ‘What responsibilities does a flock have to a pastor?’ (Hebrews 13:7-17).
Many friends and family supported the occasion, including a large number from Mr Wells’ previous church, Kings Heath Evangelical Church in Birmingham. Mike Wells trained at Oak Hill College from 2010
–2012. He and Mrs Wells have a young son, Job. Please pray that God will bless church and pastor, as they continue this vital rural ministry.
Pic (l to r): Mike Wells, Bill Kimbery (former Pontesbury pastor), Adrian Argile