Rushmere Christian Fellowship (RCF) have appointed James Edgell as their new Lead Pastor for the Church. James initially joined the Church as Youth Pastor in April 2018 having moved to Ipswich from Cumbria, following five years in church ministry in Carlisle.
RCF started in the 1960’s following a mission led by local Suffolk evangelist Victor Jack on the Dumbarton Recreation ground in the Rushmere area of Ipswich. The Church originally met at Rushmere Hall Primary School, but due to a growing membership, moved to St Albans Catholic High School in 1997.
James studied at Moorlands Bible College and has spent time working in the USA. He is married to Stephanie, who is from the USA, and they have a son called Levi.
“We want to be open to the fact that God wants to do new things through us as a Church Family, and he wants to use us to truly bring his love, power and hope into the lives of others.”
Speaking to Network Suffolk, James shared his heart for the Church moving forwards – one that involves embracing radical change. “I believe this new season for RCF is going to be one of the most exciting in the church’s history! God has been speaking to us as a Leadership in recent months over the future of the Church, and has laid things on our hearts in relation to this. We want to be open to the fact that God wants to do new things through us as a Church Family, and he wants to use us to truly bring his love, power and hope into the lives of others.”
James continued, “I also feel God is challenging us as Christians to answer the call to be bold, courageous and risk taking in our approach to ministry, mission and outreach. I have witnessed, mainly through my time in the USA, what is truly possible when we as God’s people are willing to completely lay aside our desires, in order to follow after God and the things He wants to do through us. God’s desire is that every person encounters His love in a very special and life changing way. God is for the one. We should be too.”
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