The Beacon is a relatively new church in Whitchurch, North Shropshire, planted in 2008 from Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury.
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As an Evangelical Church we subscribe to the doctrinal Basis of Faith of the Evangelical Alliance (UK).
Jamie is lead elder of the Beacon Church. His main responsibility is to lead the Church forward through teaching of the word and oversight of the various programmes and events in which Beacon is involved.
His passion is to see Beacon become a caring family with a heart for the least, the last, and the lost, as well as a centre for healing and a house of prayer.Jamie is married to Joanne and they have five growing children.
Jamie works as a doctor in Whitchurch; he is a founder trustee of the charity “Medic Assist International” and works to support oversees voluntary workers through his work with “Healthlink 360”.
Ken is Jamie’s fellow elder. Ken is responsible for Beacon’s finances and administration.
Ken headed up a Christian charity working with children and families for 27 years. Whilst his duties there mainly involved administrative issues, Ken was frequently called upon to preach in churches supporting the charity’s work and he was also responsible for supporting and encouraging the counsellors and outreach workers on his staff.
Together with his wife, Ann, he moved to Whitchurch from the South East in April 2006 following their retirement. They have four grown-up children.Both were members of a Baptist church in Kent, where Ken was part of the leadership team for a number of years. Ann’s love of young children saw her planning and running the crèche. Both Ken and Ann have a heart for pastoral care.
Dave is the other fellow elder with responsibility for publicity and for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adultsBefore retiring, Dave was a teacher for 37 years in London and Hereford. His wife, Su, and he were foster parents, caring for 53 children (not all at the same time) and were also guide and scout leaders.
Dave and Su moved to Whitchurch in 2013 and to Higher Heath in 2015. Prior to this they lived in Leominster and attended Hereford Baptist Church, where they were deacons.
They have a particular heart for local and international mission and upon retiring spent six months teaching and encouraging underprivileged children and widows in southern Sri Lanka.
In addition to the elders, Beacon Church is served by some great people who give freely of their time to lead different areas of ministry. They are:
The Beacon Church became a reality on 27th April, 2008, when our first Sunday service was held in Whitchurch Civic Centre. It was ‘planted’ from Barnabas Community Church in Shrewsbury which in turn was planted by Crowmoor Baptist Church in the 1980’s.
The concept of Beacon was born several years earlier when a couple – then living in Whitchurch but then worshipping outside at Barnabas Community Church - felt the Lord lay on their hearts the need to help 'bring something back' into the town. Another couple then felt a similar call of God and, following a 'retreat' in the winter of 2005, including a time of prayer and reflection, God spoke powerfully to them about His vision for Whitchurch and gave them the name 'Beacon'.
The two couples tried different ways to show God's love to people who were searching for faith, or did not have a regular church. A 'Cell Group' began to meet weekly, and various outreach events were held, including our first Alpha course, run jointly with another local church, in 2007.
By the end of 2007 several other people expressed an interest in progressing the project and an inaugural ‘leadership team’ comprising six people was formed. The group grew rapidly and the mid-week meetings became quite squashed! And so the church was born!