Saturday 17 April was a happy occasion for the Naunton Lane Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Cheltenham. An almost three-year vacancy came to an end with the ordination and installation of Revd Matt Faux.
Members of the congregation and several friends attended the event which took place in the church building, although numbers were limited due to social distancing. The service was live-streamed so that those unable to attend could participate.
Revd Matt Faux originally trained as a teacher, but completed a BA in Theology at Union School of Theology in Bridgend.
Matt is married to Rachel and they have three boys: William, Joshua, and Isaac.
In July 2020, Matt and his family came to Naunton Lane with Matt employed as a ministerial assistant. He then proceeded to successfully complete Presbytery examinations.
Following examination by the Presbytery, he was unanimously approved for a call to the ministry.
In January, the members of Naunton Lane Church unanimously called Matt to be the minister, and following approval of the call, Matt graciously accepted it.
Speaking about the commencement of his ministry at Naunton Lane, Matt said, ‘Having been brought up in the local area and having been a member of the church in the past, it is a great privilege and honour for me to come back as the minister of Naunton Lane EPC.
‘My family and I are very excited to be back in Cheltenham and I’m looking forward to being the minister of this dear congregation and seeking to reach out to the local area of Leckhampton with the good news of Jesus Christ.’