Great welcome for new pastor

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

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SCORES of people turned out to welcome a new pastor to Pendennis Evangelical Church in Staple Hill.

The induction service for Paul Donovan was held nearby in The Sanctuary building so that everyone could attend.

Deacon Sue Rickell explained that the church had been without a pastor for 14 months.

“We have had a really exciting programme of visiting preachers from local churches and we thank them very much for their support but it is lovely to have our own pastor again.

“We had a remarkable turnout of 170 people for the induction service and welcome event afterwards.”

Paul comes to Staple Hill with his wife Rachel and four children from Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex, where he was an assistant pastor.

Paul said of his induction: “The Pendennis church family were overwhelmed by the support from many other local churches and Paul and Rachel’s relatives and friends from around the country.”

The new pastor grew up near Eastville Park, attended Whitefield Secondary School and graduated from UWE. He and his family have since lived, worked and studied in Shropshire, Papua New Guinea, Bridgend and West Sussex.

Paul said: The Pendenniss Evangelical Church holds services every Sunday at 10.30am and 6pm and a range of regular and occasional activities during the week such as coffee mornings, a toddler group, youth group, Messy Church and Bouncy Bacon, which combines softplay for the little ones with bacon butties for the adults.”

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