The induction service for the new pastor of Yateley Baptist Church, Andrew Wigham, was held in September 2013 at Yateley Manor School.
More than 170 people, including a good number from Wales, joined in a service of praise and worship.
The meeting was led by Ray Smith, one of the elders of the church. During the initial part of the service, Ken Walters, another of the elders, gave an account of the events leading up to the point where the church felt that Mr Wigham was ‘the man of God’s choosing’ to lead the church.
In response, Mr Wigham spoke of his call to full-time ministry, from being a shy person to preaching in the open air in Covent Garden. This was followed by a period of theological study in Wales and experience of working in a number of churches. More recently, he has worked in a school in Rumney, Cardiff, with special needs students.
The formal act of induction was conducted by another elder, Eric Lane. Prayers for the Wigham family were offered by Meirion Thomas, pastor of Malpas Road Evangelical Church in Newport, where Mr Wigham and his wife Catherine were members.
The Bible reading was undertaken by his father, Richard Wigham, who is pastor of Hambleton Evangelical Church, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
The sermon, which was a charge to the pastor and church members, was preached by Peter Milsom, a former director of Unevangelised Fields Mission and currently director of Affinity, an association of evangelical churches throughout the UK.
Following the service, members and friends enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to renew friendships and make new friends.
Pic (l to r): Richard Wigham, Ray Smith, Andrew Wigham, Chris Ward, Ken Walters, Meirion Thomas, Peter Milsom,