David Hails was appointed to the pastorate of Ebenezer Evangelical Church, Neath, in February.
The service was well-attended, including several members of Mr Hails’ sending church (Three Bridges Free Church, Crawley).
The service was chaired by Dr Phil Davis, an elder of Ebenezer Evangelical Church. Readings from Ephesians 4 and 1 Timothy 4 were given by Daniel Hails (son of the new pastor) and David Christopher (deacon at Ebenezer).
The Act of Ordination was conducted by Mr Hails’ father-in-law, Revd Colin Jones (Wem Baptist Church), during which Mr Hails outlined his conversion and call to the ministry before duly responding to the induction questions put to him. Laying on of hands and prayer followed.
The Act of Induction was conducted by Revd Peter Milsom (elder, St Mellons Baptist Church), during which a history of the call was given by Dr Phil Davis.
A statement was also given by Roger Barden, pastor of the sending church. Responses promising commitment to the Lord and the work were made by Mr Hails and by the membership of Ebenezer to questions put to each.
Prayer for the pastor and the church was given by Revd Jeremy Bailey (Bethlehem Evangelical Church, Port Talbot).
Revd Colin Jones preached from 2 Timothy 4, highlighting duties and responsibilities of ministry.
Generous refreshments of a Welsh flavour, provided by the church members, followed the service.
Dr Phil Davis