I became a Christian at the age of 11 and have been a Baptist Minister for 24 years.
Four, including Castlehold; although at one of the churches I was the Associate, not Senior, Minister.
I am a member of a local boxing club. I also pursue other less energetic activities and
interests such as chess, reading widely and watching films.
Conservative. I see no conflict between the love of God and the need to obey His
commands. While there is a distinction between the Old and New Covenant, which means some (not all) Old Testament laws do not apply today, there is no such distinction between the New Covenant and the present day. Jesus said: ‘If you love me, you will obey my commands.’
You become a Christian when you recognise that there is sin (or wrongdoing) in your heart and you ask Jesus to come into your heart to change you from the inside out. This is what I did at the age of 11.
Character. A church leader must always act with integrity, prepared for challenge and
some difficult situations. He or she must be resilient – but not resistant to accountability. Ultimately, a church leader must love the people of the congregation with all their imperfections, recognising that this is the same challenge which the congregation has with loving their leader.
I’m realistically positive. We must not avoid the problems and social injustices of life but face them with the hope which only comes from Jesus and His Kingdom. We are on the winning side!
It was at a Christian-run camp in my home country of Australia. I was 16 at the time. Two years later I was baptised at my home church.
Once I finished school in 2014, I became a leader for my local youth group and haven’t stopped being involved with young people since then. Before that, I was very involved as a participant in Sunday schools and other church events.
As Children & Youth Worker, I organise and run multiple groups for the young people each week. These include weekday activities as well as the Sunday morning groups for children and teenagers. I also like to connect with adult groups and drop in on their activities when I can.
I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons once a week and, in the summer, I like to go to sailing on my boat.
The church is served by a number of elected Deacons who, together with Adrian, form Castlehold’s Leadership Team.
Gordon Ainger (Church Secretary)
Nigel Cox (Church Treasurer)