On Saturday 31 August, Tim Berry was inducted as the pastor of La Villiaze Evangelical Congregational Church in Guernsey.
Around 80 people attended, including visitors from various parts of the UK. Mr Berry and his wife, Dorcas, had previously been members at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire. Robert Yerby, La Villiaze’s church secretary, welcomed the congregation and led the worship along with Gareth Crossley.
The previous pastor is now retiring after 40 years of faithful service in Guernsey. It had become evident at about the turn of the millennium that the church should begin the search for a new pastor and it was in 2005 that the search was widened beyond the shores of the island.
The search was long and sometimes disheartening. However, in summer 2012, the name of Mr Berry was brought to the attention of the church and, following a number of trips to the island, a call to the pastorate was extended in Spring 2013.
Robert Yerby read commendations from Peter Hulland and Brian Wade, elders at Stanton Lees, from John Thackway — a mutual friend of the church and the Berry family — and from Chris Hand, all of whom, sadly, were unable to attend.
He then gave an account of the call, giving thanks to God for bringing Mr Berry to Guernsey and reiterated the church’s promise to support him in the ministry and in propagating the gospel.
The charge to Mr Berry was given by Gareth Crossley. After reading from Ephesians 4:1-16, Mr Crossley preached on the duty of both the pastor and the church, taking as his text, ‘For the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry’. He gave biblical examples from the lives of Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah.
Fellowship continued afterwards over tea and coffee.
Pic (l to r): Gareth Crossly, Dorcas & Tim Berry, Robert Yerby