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Church History

Our History

 

Our Church had its roots in services held in a private home in Pontesbury led by Rev Joseph Lakelin. He already conducted services on Sunday at Minsterley, Wrentnal and Snailbeach, so he started meetings in Pontesbury on a Monday evening with just 7 people.

(There are still relatives of Rev. Lakelin in our church today!)

In 1828 the building was erected and Pontesbury Baptist Church was born. The building cost £300 and included housing at the far end for the Minister. Rev John Francis was the first Minister and through his work and others after him there were 240 people attending services by 1851 and 60 Sunday School children. There was a free school held in the building during the week.

During World War 1, in order to conserve heating, The Baptist and Congregational Churches  shared evening services, alternating buildings each week.

During World War II part of the building was commandeered for military purposes and returned to the Church in 1945 following “Victory in Europe”.

From 1907 till 1948 Pontesbury Baptists and Lord’s Hill Baptists shared a Minister and from 1949 till 1966, Brocton Baptist Church joined the group. In 1966 the tripartite group of churches was disbanded and each church had its own Minister from then on.

A new Manse was bought in 1962 for the Minister to live in and the rooms at the end of the building were now to be used for vestries and the Sunday School. In 2006 an extension was completed at the other end of the building, creating space for a foyer, modern kitchen and new toilet facilities. The main church hall was renovated in 2016, with the stage area of the main hall being removed and the baptistery re-dug, in addition to new carpets and paintwork, and a church office being created in the back cottage.

Following Rev Bill Kimbery’s retirement from the ministry in 2007 the church was led by a team of deacons within the church. However in March 2014 Mike Wells was called to be the church’s new pastor. Mike was formally inducted as pastor four months later on Saturday 5th July.

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