New minister at Salem Chapel

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A NEW minister has been welcomed to Salem Congregational Chapel at Martin Top.

Pastor David Gwyn Isaacs and his wife, Edith, have had association with the church fellowship for the past decade as visitors to the pulpit.

He came to Lancashire through his work in education and training. And, although he has worked for short periods in London and East Sussex, he has always kept his home in Leyland. Pastor Isaacs has a post graduate diploma in Professional Studies in Education (Education Technology) and is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. His wife has a nursing background including hospice work and special needs provision.

Pastor Isaacs has been in the ministry for a number of years and still has pastoral oversight of a congregational church in Goldborne, South Wigan.

He came to faith in Jesus Christ as a teenager and has been involved with all types of church work until he was called to the ministry. Along with his wife, he is involved with "Through The Roof" organisation and the Disabled Christian Fellowship being involved in respite provision in Babbacombe and Blackpool this summer and autumn.

Pastor Isaacs enjoys listening to classical music, hymns and reading, usually books of a theological nature. A keen railway enthusiast and photographer, he is very proud of his Welsh heritage and tries to visit the country twice a year. This gives him the opportunity to follow a lifelong interest in railways, particularly the narrow gauge types.

For 2006/07 Pastor Isaacs is chairman of the North West Area Association of the Congregational Federation and in this role he welcomed the gathering at the national assembly which was held at the Hope Centre in Oswaldtwistle in May.