Brightwell Free Church, founded in 1885 as Sotwell Mission Room by Miss Augusta Fairthorne, a resident of the village, has been without a Pastor for some time and is now pleased to announce that Neville Burt has taken up that position, in an honorary capacity, with immediate effect.
Neville was born in the north east and still speaks with a slight Geordie accent. He is a founder member and an Elder of Ridgeway Community Church in Wallingford and will continue in that capacity. Ridgeway is releasing Neville part time to help and encourage the Brightwell folk as they seek to serve and reach out with the gospel message to the Brightwell-cum- Sotwell community.
Neville is also employed as Technical Director by HR Wallingford in Crowmarsh, where he has worked for 40 years, being due to retire in 2006. He has a wife, Jennie, who works as Intermediate Care Manager at Wallingford Hospital, three grown up children and three grandchildren. When Neville and Jennie married in 1969 they bought their first house in High Road Cottages, Brightwell. As the family grew they moved to a larger house in Cholsey, where they still live.
There will be a welcome service at The Free Church on Saturday 21 May 2005 at 7pm followed by refreshments. Speakers will include Bernard Thompson, pastor of Ridgeway and Ray Parker, Treasurer of Brightwell Free Church. All are welcome.
Neville has a vision for this area in which each town and village has a vibrant community of born-again believers, living out the gospel in their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit and so being a testimony to the Lord Jesus. He sees Brightwell as being a part of that and says: "If I can in some way help to bring the vision to reality then I will be happy".
For further information contact:
Ray and Liz Parker Tel 01491 201399
Neville Burt Tel 01491 651815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org