This week church pastors Tom
and Denise Rawls
celebrate 10 years at local church Proclaimers,
which has thrived under their leadership, growing from under 100 to over 500 people and is now based in a converted warehouse on Roundtree Way, Norwich.
Originally born in Lakeland Florida
, Tom moved to Australia
as a child and it was there that he met his future wife Denise, who herself had moved to Australia from England
as a baby. In 12 years Tom planted 8 churches across Australia before he and Denise moved overseas to work as missionaries for 12 years based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Then in 2003 Tom, Denise with their two children Daniel
moved to Norwich to take over as lead Pastors of Proclaimers.
The church is popular with young people and has a growing youth and students work as well as programmes that help build self-esteem in teenagers. There are over 150 volunteers that help to make the weekend services run which includes a growing children’s programme, live band and modern technical production involving smoke machines and video presentations, plus the busy church operates local community group Love Norwich
, a social enterprise conference centre called The Space
and has a growing campus based in Ipswich.
“Tom and Denise have moved the church forwards in leaps and bounds,” said associate pastor Gemma Neill,
who was there for the Rawls’s first service. “They have built a church that is lively, passionate and growing but there is still so much more we want to do to help serve Norwich. I am looking forward to the next 10 years of working with Tom and Denise.”
“We have no intentions of ever leaving Norwich”, says Tom. “This is it for us now. We love the church, we love the city and we know that our best days are still ahead for us here.”
For more information about Proclaimers go to www.proclaimers.com