Ben Slater was recently inducted to the pastorate of Flint Evangelical Church in North Wales. The service was led by church elder David Roberts, and visiting speaker Stuart Olyott preached from Galatians 2:20 on starting out in ministry.
Chris Thomas, another elder and the church secretary, recounted the history of Ben’s involvement with the church and his call to the pastorate.
Ben himself spoke of the experiences that had led him to taking up the post at Flint Evangelical.
He had been raised in a Christian home in Preston, coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus at a young age. He studied Criminology at Manchester University, graduating in 2009.
In 2012, he began assisting with ministerial work at Saint James Church in Clerkenwell, London. While there, Ben studied part-time at Cornhill and began prayerfully considering where the Lord was leading him.
In 2017, he was called to Flint Evangelical Church as an assistant pastor, serving under Rev Montaz Ali and Rev Charlie Mackenzie. After Rev Ali emigrated to Australia and Rev Mackenzie moved to Vietnam, a search for a new pastor began. After a period of discussion and prayer, the church membership called Ben to the pastorate.
The service was attended by people from various local churches as well as family members and friends of Ben, including his wife Ali and their three children.
The church was greatly encouraged to see so many attend and is looking to the Lord’s guidance and blessing as it moves into a new chapter of its history.