What a joy it was to be present at the induction service for Joseph Cresswell, on 7 September, as the new pastor of Tinshill Free Church!
Some 130 people gathered for the occasion. They were welcomed by former pastor, Glyn Williams, who has faithfully ministered at the church which he helped to found and establish in 1978. The church has grown steadily since then and the membership now stands at its highest level, of about 60.
Mr Williams has been employed full time by the church since 1990 and Mr Cresswell’s induction represents the end of a journey that has taken four years. Over that period, the church fellowship has looked to the Lord to provide a man of his choosing and there is great rejoicing that our faithful God has answered us.
During the service, those present heard the background to Mr Cresswell’s call to the pastorate: from Coalville Evangelical Church, Leicestershire, where he grew up; from the Tinshill church; and from Mr Cresswell himself.
He first came to Tinshill in April 2012, while in the first year of his two year course at London Theological Seminary. Since then, there has been regular contact with him, his wife Veronica and young daughter Lydia, including a week spent at Tinshill before the church unanimously called him to be pastor.
Mick Lockwood, pastor of Hall Green Baptist in Haworth, oversaw and conducted the formal induction part of the service, before the ordination.
Mrs Cresswell was presented with flowers by Mrs Margaret Williams. Andrew King, pastor of Highbury Baptist Church in north London, ministered from Ephesians 4:12-16. We are grateful for the support that he and his wife have been to the Cresswells.
The afternoon finished with a tea, good fellowship and much rejoicing for the way the Lord has led us.
Pic (l to r): Martin Sellens, Joseph Cresswell, Andrew King and Glyn Williams