Ordination of New Minister at Burnham On Sea Baptist Church
Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church has ordained its new Minister, Reverend Rob Howlett, during a special service held on Saturday, 10th September 2022.
Rob has been working part time as minister in training for the church for the past four years while he undertook his studies at Bristol Baptist College to become fully qualified with a BA hons in Theology, Mission, and Ministry.
The service host, Revd Dawn Brown, opened the ceremony by acknowledging that the gathering was taking place in the midst of sorrow over the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II. She said it was the start of a new era for the nation and a new chapter for the church.
Revd Gary Woodall, Regional Minister, the West of England Baptist Network, conducted the ordination and induction and the preacher was Revd Dr Tim Welch from Bristol Baptist College.
Eileen Wood, the longest standing member of the church, said: “We would commend Rob for the way he rose to the challenge of COVID, when the church was closed for over a year.”
“He faced this with courage and compassion, working steadfastly to hold the church together. During lockdowns, alongside his wife Paula, he applied his musical and technical talents to offer weekly streamed services of a very high calibre. This is now a church that is seeing growth following COVID while others have struggled.”