On 23 September, Rehoboth Grace Baptist Church in Broadstairs, Kent, ordained Paul Smith as full-time elder and pastor of the church.
Mr Smith is from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham and has taught in schools in north east England. Having felt called into full-time pastoral ministry, Paul and Heather, his wife, moved to the United States for two years to study at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Michigan, before returning to the UK, where Mr Smith completed his final year of study.
Rehoboth Grace Baptist Church’s previous pastor, Mike Swales, retired eight years ago after faithfully serving the church for more than 20 years, and since then the church has been without a full-time elder/pastor.
Over this period Rehoboth has been blessed with consistent and faithful Bible teaching from men both within the church and outside, including a significant number of sermons by the late John Cheeseman.
During the past few years, the church had been meeting to pray specifically for the Lord’s guidance in providing a full-time elder/pastor. The church began speaking with Mr Smith about the possibility of a call, and eventually Mr Smith was unanimously called.
The ordination service was a real encouragement to the church. There were about 100 people present and many churches represented. Mr Smith was ordained by the two church elders, after which Alan Steele, retired pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical in Stoke-on-Trent, preached an encouraging and challenging charge from Ephesians 4, to both the new pastor and the church. The service was followed by a fellowship tea. Please join us in praying that the Lord would use Mr Smith’s ministry in the Thanet area, to bring many to trust in him.