On 19 January, a packed congregation gathered to witness the ordination service of Rev. Philip Mallon. He was also installed to the office of Associate Pastor at Westhoughton Evangelical Church, southwest of Bolton. The church there has a long history, stretching all the way back to 1889.
Rev. Mallon trained at London Reformed Baptist Seminary. Afterwards, and under the direction and leadership of Westhoughton Evangelical Church, Rev. Mallon continued his training through preaching, teaching Sunday school and evangelistic outreach work. After a period of four years, it was the unanimous call of the church to appoint him as associate pastor.
The church’s current pastor, Rev. Stephen Holland, reminded those gathered that it is not a seminary or college that ordains a man to the office of pastor/minister, but the local church, following close examination of both life and doctrine. Rev. Mallon answered well the questions of ordination submitted to him and took the solemn vows of ordination before all.
Rev. Jim Mollitt preached a fitting sermon taken from Acts 20:28 – ‘Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock’. He reminded us that the minister must first take care of himself and only then the flock. A minister is certainly no use to others if he neglects his own spiritual walk before the Lord. The congregation were also challenged as to their own commitments in supporting those called to shepherd the flock. Following the service, a fellowship lunch was enjoyed by all.