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Bude & Holsworthy Circuit (24/11)

Rob Blackhall

Neal Street

I was new to the Bude and Holsworthy circuit in 2018, combining the Superintendency with a similar role in the Torridge Circuit.. I am looking forward to working with the circuit and seeing some of the exciting work that is taking place.

I have previously served as a School Chaplain at Queens College, Taunton, for 20 years; following a spell as a Circuit Minister in Exeter. Before that I was an associate minister at Kessler Park, United Methodist Church, in Dallas, Texas, USA. I have known the west country for a while – I did a Physics degree at Exeter University before teaching and training for the Ministry.

I remain convinced of the place of the Methodist Church in the life of our nation. Our emphasis in worship and fellowship is matched by our social conscience in seeking to serve God in the world. The Methodist Church emphasises the four parts of our Calling: Worship, Learning and Caring, Service & Evangelism.

I firmly believe that God has a plan for the people called Methodists and I look forward to seeing how God leads us towards the future. I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world – it is good to enjoy walking with my two dogs. I have an obsessive interest in my Football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers; but enjoy most sports, particularly Cricket.


I will be starting my fourteenth year as a Presbyter in the Bude and Holsworthy Circuit in September 2019

I hope to lead worship that is authentic, honest and earthed. I love to tell story. The Jesus Gospel is full of simple illustrations, parables, that points to the amazing and profound truth that we have a God who loves us, cares for us, stands alongside us.  

In Jesus, God reveals what it’s like to be a human being striving for holiness in a troubled world. He makes an amazing success of it and invites us to emulate Him by committing to being His disciples. I Currently I have pastoral oversite of the 18 smaller churches in the Circuit. This sounds a lot! However, we have a gifted and focused lay team who work alongside the churches to chair their business meetings and to offer pastoral support in various ways. This is an embryonic plan, but now we are a year in, it is bedding in and bearing fruit.

The Methodist Church is seeking to ask if we need a physical presence in every community. We endeavour to work ecumenically where we can. So, what is the primary focus of our mission? Is it to maintain a building? Or is it to maintain a vibrant presence in other ways?  The answer is complex; different in each context, and challenging in all.

Ministry is all about ‘Team’. Please pray for the ministers in all our churches who work together to bring about God’s Kingdom.

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