Andrew Mumford received a grant from LWPT, funded by the generous donations of our supporters. Andrew shares the impact the grant has had on his life below:
I want to thank you once again for the grant given to me in spring last year (March 2017), towards my fees for the Diploma in Ministerial Formation at Spurgeon’s College.
This summer I finished my course and graduated on 7th July from the College. I am pleased to report that I have been asked by the congregation at my placement church to stay on here as full-time pastor from 1st September. At the time of writing I have just completed the payment on my fees and leave the College without owing anything. This is important since the College does not receive any funding from external sources or from the Baptist Union of Great Britain and relies solely on student fees to exist.
In terms of my development, the course has been crucial. Not only have I learned about different styles of preaching but I have also had the opportunity to practice in my placement context. I have been exposed to different styles of worship and theologies of worship and have gained significant experience in organising and leading services of worship.
The grant given by LWPT has enabled me to develop this way and helped the College as it seeks to continue to train men and women to preach and lead worship in a wide variety of churches across London and the wider UK and not exclusively in Baptist churches.
Rev Andrew is a husband, father and Pastor at South Ashford Baptist Church and has been since September 2015. He graduated from Spurgeon's College , a Baptist theological seminary in London (where he gained at Diploma in Ministerial Formation in 2018). Andrew is a Participant in a local cell of the Order For Baptist Ministry. and is chaplain of the Ashford Branch of the Royal British Legion.