Norwich church announces leadership change

IanSavory300Oak Grove Chapel in Norwich has announced a change in its leadership with senior pastor Ian Savory and his wife Sue leaving to help replant a church at the King’s Centre in Gorleston. Keith Morris reports.

Taking over at Oak Grove from October will be current community pastor Darren Woodward.
Ian, who has been leading Oak Grove since February 2000, and Sue, have been invited by Relational Mission to lead the re-planting of the fellowship that met at the King’s Centre in Gorleston, Norfolk. They will start there in October.
Sian Pearce, on behalf of the Oak Grove leadership team, said: “We are really pleased to announce that from October, our new senior leader here at Oak Grove, will be our current community pastor, Darren Woodward.  He and his wife Lynette are already at the heart of our mission as a fellowship, and we are thrilled Darren has accepted the call to lead us, as we pursue our vision at Oak Grove.
“Ian and Sue will of course be hugely missed, both by friends and family, the church and the local community here in Catton Grove.  So it’s good they are not moving too far away, and we look forward to forging new links with the fellowship in Gorleston. 
“As a leadership team, we believe that Ian and Sue have very clearly been called by God to this new work and we wholeheartedly support their decision to answer this call. 
“We would like to publicly thank both Ian and Sue for their long and faithful service in this place.  They have touched the lives of many in this community; been a blessing to the fellowship at Oak Grove is so many ways; and are very special friends,” said Sian.
DarrenWoodward233Darren, who has been at Oak Grove since May 2003, said: “I am excited at this opportunity to build on the strong foundations established in this community.
“Oak Grove has a very long heritage in the community and can trace its history back to October 1935. It lost its Brethren tradition back in the 1980s.
“The Sunday congregation numbers around 150 to 180 and the church has meaningful contact with up to 500 people every week including school and children’s activities.”
Oak Grove will say goodbye to Ian and Sue formally at a special celebration Service “The Big Send Off” on September 22, from 10am, followed by a shared lunch.  This will take place at the normal Sunday venue - The Hub, Catton Grove Primary School, Weston Road, Norwich.
If you would like to come to “The Big Send Off” or need any more information, please contact the Oak Grove office as soon as possible on 01603 403388.  If you would like to contribute to the farewells in any way, please also contact the office soon.

Pictured above top is Ian Savory and, above, Darren Woodward.
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