New pastor for Milton Baptist Church
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 June 2017
A pastor who started an AIDS orphanage in South Africa has now taken over a Weston church.
Bob McKay and his wife Sue were officially welcomed into Milton Baptist Church, in Baytree Road, at an induction service on Saturday.
Bob and Sue moved to South Africa not long after they were married so Bob could take up a position as an assistant manager in a spinning mill.
He said: “We became Christians in South Africa. We went from a couple ready to split who were drinking 50 per cent of our income each month, to God healing our marriage and our alcohol problem.
“Shortly afterwards we felt God was calling us into church ministry so we returned home to the UK for training feeling certain that we would move abroad again.”
After three years at college in Manchester, the couple settled in a Baptist church in London, before returning to South Africa for two years to help set up an AIDS orphanage.
Bob said: “We returned to the UK to Pastor Fakenham Baptist Community Church for the past seven years.
“We are both very excited about our new venture at Milton Baptist Church.
“My hope for us will be that we are a people who love God and love those that are in front of us each day.
“At the recent concert for the Manchester tragedy both Justin Beiber and Katy Perry said that love conquers fear and hate.
“I believe that to be true because the Bible says that God is love and in a hurting world we want to share the message that he loves us and is not absent in the pain but is actually in it with us.
“We have only been here for a few weeks but love walking our dog on the beach at Sand Bay, Milton woods and Ashcombe Park to name but a few.
“We are looking forward to serving the people of Weston and beyond along with the other churches and organisations in the town.”
Bob and Sue have three daughters and one granddaughter.
Sue will be helping with the church’s community lunches and coffee mornings.
Milton Baptist Church has been without a pastor for almost three years since John Smith retired in 2015.
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