Note: At the special members’ meeting on Wednesday 7 October, HBC voted in favour of extending a call to Richard Cutforth to serve as our next Senior Pastor. He continues to serve as Interim Pastor 2 days a week. While the terms of his call will be finalised over the coming weeks, we anticipate having Richard serve at HBC full-time by January 2016.
Please pray that our gracious God would continue to refine us with the gospel, so that we would gather for Jesus, grow in Him, and go with Him into our community, bearing the good news of Christ crucified for sinners.
To the people of Howick Baptist,
It is very humbling to both Donelda and myself that you should see fit to call us to be your pastor. It was never our intention when we first came as interim pastor to come full time here but over the months the Lord has laid on our hearts this strong sense of God’s call that we should come and serve here.
This has not come easily to us as we love the people of Papakura Baptist Church and had never intended to leave there and so feel sad in one way to be leaving them. However, we are excited about coming to Howick and we look forward to getting to know you all and serving you. Already you have left a good impression on our hearts and we are growing to love you all.
We hope together that we will grow in our relationship with the Lord and with one another. Our desire is to see this community of God’s people working together, caring for one another, reaching out into our neighbourhoods and work places and seeing God’s Kingdom grow.
Most of all we pray that we all will deepen our love for Jesus and that as we behold Him, so He will transform our lives so that we will be like Him. It is our desire that the gospel may become so precious to us that it would change us from within that we may live lives in keeping with it. I pray that our time here might be fruitful and that Donelda and I might be able to be examples of Christ-likeness. Please pray for us as we prepare to move.
Richard and Donelda