Rev. Gareth and Janet Lewis
I have made a number of visits to the Cheltenham church in the thirty years since I was the pastor there. It was great to find it at the strongest it has been during those years.
Three years ago Elim’s Administrative Centre, which was next door to the ElimChurch, moved to Malvern and the offices were sold to the local church. Between speaking at the two morning services Gareth Lewis, the current pastor (pictured with his wife, Janet) took me on a tour of our previous headquarters.
It was thrilling to see how the space had been utilised. The front of the premises is a charity shop that raises thousands of pounds annually for the work of International Missions.
Another part of the building is used as a huge food bank for people in the community who are experiencing economic hardship.
Yet another part is used by the church as a Christians Against Poverty centre.
The church has created the perfect balance of spiritual growth and community involvement. I really appreciate all that Gareth and Janet are doing to make their dream a reality.