Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley
In June, Rev. Spencer Cunnah was welcomed as the new pastor of Kensit Evangelical Church in Finchley, London (www.kensit.org.uk). The service was attended by 200 people, including many from Mr Cunnah’s former congregation at Wickliffe Independent Church in Sheffield, where he had been minister for over 10 years.
David Lacey, Kensit’s church secretary, explained the process by which the church had been led to call Mr Cunnah to become their pastor. Mr Cunnah responded by explaining how the Lord had clearly guided him.
He said God had answered prayer for the future leadership of the Sheffield church he was leaving, making it possible for him to accept the call to Kensit.
Following this, Ed Collier, now lead pastor of the Sheffield church, warmly commended Mr Cunnah and his wife Wendy to Kensit and explained how the Lord had been preparing the church in Sheffield for this new phase of the work.
Chris Bennett, pastor of Wilton Community Church, Muswell Hill, gave a welcome to London. Mr Bennett had been instrumental in making the Kensit church aware that Mr Cunnah might be a suitable person to be considered as their minister.
Geoff Thomas, pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, and long time friend of the Cunnahs, preached on the sufficiency of the Bible in gospel ministry.
He emphasised that in the Bible the way of salvation is clearly revealed. It centres on the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came into this world to save his people from their sins.
Ordinary people can hear this message and be changed by it, and God in his mercy has given the church a Bible-believing and preaching pastor, while the congregation wants to be taught the Word of God.
Since starting at Kensit, Mr Cunnah has sought to reach out with the gospel to children and young people, and students at the nearby Middlesex University, as well as families in this ethnically mixed area of North London.
The church regularly runs ‘Christianity Explored’ Bible studies for those interested in finding out more about what it really means to be a Christian. A new ministers’ fraternal called the North London Network has also been launched.