A NEW minister was welcomed by the congregation and civic leaders at a ceremony to mark his induction at a Padiham church.
The Rev. Jeffrey Lane Gould has taken over at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel in Knight Hill.
Originally from Massachusetts in America, Mr Gould has lived in the UK for 30 years. He was educated at Oxford University and has served congregations in Liverpool, Cheshire and Bury.
A rambler, Mr Gould enjoys spending time in the countryside around North-East Lancashire, learning languages and promoting international relations. He has joined the local French Circle and is involved with Burnley Twinning Association.
Guests at the induction service included High Sheriff of Lancashire Mr Dennis Mendoros and his wife Karen, Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun. Tony and Mrs Brenda Lambert, Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle Coun. Tony and Mrs Margaret Beckett, Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham Coun. Jean Cunningham and Mrs Carol Stinton, the Mayor of Bury, Burnley and Padiham MP Mr Gordon Birtwistle and his wife Kathleen and clergy of other denominations.
Mr Gould was inducted to the ministry of Nazareth Chapel with pastoral oversight of Rawtenstall Unitarian Church.
The service was conducted by the Rev. Brenda Catherall of Chowbent Unitarian Chapel, Atherton, and featured music performed by organist Mr Barry Brown, Mr Ian Tunnicliffe, the Roundelay Chamber Choir, and soloist Heather Barlow, with piano accompaniment from Mr Alan Myerscough.
Greetings were offered by Fr Allan Swift from St John’s and St Philip’s RC Churches in Padiham.
Following the service, guests enjoyed a buffet provided by the ladies of the congregation in the main hall.