Served 1997 – 2006
Our previous Pastor Rev. Norman Millership retired in September 2006 and both Norman and Linda are much missed. The congregation at Chardsmead remains immensely grateful for Norman’s ministry and dedication to the Gospel work in Bridport. Norman and Linda returned to South Wales where true to form Norman took up a small work “ The English Baptist Mission” in Nelson on a part-time basis and has now finally retired completely as of Summer 2015. Lasting benefits remain with the church from this Godly ministry and we do thank God for His goodness.
We have been searching diligently for a new Minister since our previous pastor left, the search has continued for some time but we prayerfully believe The Lord will provide. Meanwhile the Rev. Malcolm Watts of Emmanuel Salisbury has graciously agreed to moderate the church. We remain deeply grateful to Rev. Watts for his tirless commitment and ministry and also to many reformed sister churches for providing us with Godly men to preach on a regular basis, thank you, to all of you.
Details below are from church archives.
Chardsmead’s current church model is Pastor / Minister and Deacons with Deacons serving as church leaders alongside the Minister. This is an unusual model among Baptist Churches a matter the membership discussed with our previous Pastor. The church believes a more biblical model is Minister with Elders and Deacons. The Constitution does not currently reflect this however.
During this interregnum all the church meetings and activities continue including the Lord’s Day services A.M. and P.M. and mid-week Bible Study / Prayer Meeting as well as the Door-To-Door visitation programme and Open Air Preaching and Tract Distribution.
Stan served as Deacon since November 1986 and was church secretary from 1993. After a period of illness Stan received help from Peter as acting Secretary but Stan held his office until the day the Lord finally took him to Glory on July 29th 2016. His presence and gracious influence are greatly missed.
Roy has served as a Deacon since November 1991 and has been church Treasurer since 2003. Roy also leads an outreach work to a local community centre and is a regular member of the Door To Door Team.
Peter has served as a Deacon since November 2003. Since Stan Black's passing into Glory, Peter has been serving as Secretary. Peter regularly heads up the Open Air Ministry of the Church and preaches often with Mr Mike Mellor from Bournemouth, a seasoned campainger.
Helen has served as Missionary Secretary since 2006 and now leads the ladies mid-week meeting since Mrs Margaret Impey stepped down. Helen ministers ceaselessly behind the scenes to our laides and the sick.