All articles by Graham Heaps
Graham is a retired pastor of Dewsbury Evangelical Church. He was converted as a teenager although grew up in a home where God was never mentioned.
He has recently become a widower and has 5 grown-up children.
The Connected conference is an annual gathering of church officers, workers and future leaders of independent fellowships in the North, taking place in Dewsbury Evangelical Church. Apologetics was the theme, specifically engaging with the secular beliefs of modern society. We were well served by Dan Strange, our speaker for the day. Dan is director…Read more
‘You don’t get married to live on your own!’ Yet, in this world of disease and death, that loneliness comes to many men and women who have spent much of their adult working-life in the joy of a deeply satisfying Christian marriage. About two years ago, my wife for four decades fell asleep in…Read more
There can be few more important issues facing the church in Britain today than how to communicate the gospel effectively in our pleasure-mad, materialistic society, with its inbuilt suspicion of (and apathy towards) all ‘organised religion’. That was the theme for the annual North of England conference for church leaders and key workers, held…Read more
There can be few more painful or faith-testing experiences for a man than to see his wife of 43 years being lowered in a coffin into a deep, clay-lined chasm in the ground. Such was my experience two days ago (on 6 November 2015). My Sue had died just 10 days earlier, aged 65,…Read more
Working to replace a pastor can be a very difficult time for an evangelical church. So often the church is unaware of their pastor’s intention to move on, and his decision comes as a painful shock. And even if there is a good team of elders to lead the church through the period of…Read more
New co-pastor for Dewsbury Daniel Grimwade, formerly assistant to Geoff Thomas at Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, and later pastor at Thornhill Baptist Church, has been inducted as co-pastor at Dewsbury Evangelical Church. On Sunday 23 May, the church welcomed him officially. This was a joyful day for the fellowship, which had long…Read more
Gospel-powered parenting- how the gospel shapes and transforms parenting William P. FarleyP & R Publishing; 220 pages plus notes; £9.99; ISBN: 978-1-59638-135-3 I well remember my reaction to receiving this book for review. Breaking open the packet, I muttered, 'Not another book on parenting!' Whether review editors think that having brought up five children makes one…Read more