On Saturday 2 March, about 190 people gathered at Caergwrle Evangelical Church, near Wrexham, for the induction of Darrin Gilchrist as the new pastor. Darrin was previously assistant pastor to Andy Christofides, pastor of St Mellons Baptist Church, near Cardiff.
The service was led by Neil Richards, an elder at Caergwrle, and the preacher was John Snyder, pastor of Christ Church, New Albany, Mississippi. Gwilym Roberts, the first pastor of Caergwrle, took the Scripture reading and prayer.
David Williams, an elder at St Mellons, gave a commendation, and Jeff Pugh, an elder at Caergwrle, gave the history of the call.
Darrin had attended John Snyder’s church in New Albany before coming over to St Mellons in 2010. He is married to Rachel and they have a baby daughter Emmy.
Mr Snyder preached from 2 Timothy 2:1-7, reminding us of three illustrations that describe the work of a pastor. He is like a soldier under command, an athlete in a race and a hard-working farmer. In order to be like this, he must be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
It is over eight years since the previous pastor, Wyn Hughes, was called to Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff. We thank God for helping the church through this period and for providing a new pastor for Caergwrle.
Pic (l to r): (back) Jeff Pugh and Gwilym Roberts; (front) Elvert Lloyd, David Williams, John Snyder, Darrin Gilchrist, Neil Richards