On 11 April 2021, Portadown Baptist Church in Northern Ireland inducted Andrew Roycroft as their new senior pastor, following a pastoral vacancy of almost three years.
The service was led by Paul Wright (elder), with the other members of the eldership team (Raymond Pollock, Carl Sands, Stephen Archer, and Anthony Irwin) leading the Act of Induction and prayer.
Greetings were brought by Dave Ramsey, Director of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland.
The guest speaker for the induction service was pastor Ian Grant (Armagh Baptist Church). Ian had served as a student assistant in Portadown Baptist many years ago, and his father-in-law, pastor Clifford Morrison, had pastored the church for 25 years (1984–2009).
Pastor Grant preached from Revelation 4–5, holding out the worthiness of Christ and the encouragement and joy of heaven in our labours for him.
During the evening service on the same day, pastor Roycroft preached his inaugural sermon as senior pastor, sharing from 1 Corinthians 1 on ‘The Confidence of the Local Church’.
Pastor Roycroft previously served as pastor of Armagh Baptist Church, as an Irish Baptist missionary in Perú, and for the last decade served as pastor of Millisle Baptist Church.
Along with his wife Carolyn and their two daughters, he is looking forward to serving in this new sphere of ministry.
Andrew is the seventh pastor to serve in Portadown Baptist since its foundation 97 years ago. During the period of vacancy, and particularly throughout the past year of pandemic, the church has known the Lord’s grace and help, seeing growth and knowing his presence and help.
The pastor and people covet prayers for future ministry together, mutually rejoicing at the fresh opportunities ahead to preach Christ and him crucified to the large population of Portadown and its surrounding districts.