Reverend Sandra Platford
I am amazed that I am already into my third year as the Minister of Aldershot Baptist Church. My husband Bryan and I moved up from Portsmouth with our daughter in August 2013 after accepting a unanimous call by the small fellowship; our 4 boys remained in Pompey as they were all working and living independent lives.
We soon settled into the new way of life, Bryan now working at Guildford Crematorium and our daughter now in her final year of Junior School. ABC is my first pastorate; I was previously a Minister In Training at Waterlooville Baptist Church for 3 years and prior to that I was Pastoral Assistant at the same church. I spent 4 years training at Spurgeons College, South Norwood; 3 of which were Ministerial Formation and Training years; I graduated with a 2:1 Honours Degree in Mission and Ministry. I can’t thank the college enough for their love, support and encouragement over those formation years.
When arriving at Aldershot Baptist Church I inherited a historic vision; that ABC would be a church of many nations and there was a glimpse of this. However, over the last 2 years the nationalities represented within the fellowship have now increased far beyond what was humanly imagined; also our relationship with the Army and Army Families is now on the increase and we are so thrilled that this is the case.
When speaking about the fellowship I have always described us as a growing church whose focus is on discipleship; knowing Him more and Community, knowing the community more and serving that community where God has placed us and as such responding to the call to be light and salt in the street. God, in his graciousness has enabled us as a fellowship to transition in unity. We are on an exciting journey together where we aim listen to God’s word and then put his word into action. Over the last 2 years God has brought individuals into the church who feel called to worship and serve God at ABC; this is both exciting and scary. There is a real sense that the Lord is preparing us as a community of believers for something specific and as a fellowship we are seeking the Lord in this.
We have been blessed to be a blessing and God has opened many doors of opportunity for us to walk through in these last 2 years; working as the chaplain of The Connaught School, Delivering The Parenting Teenagers Course, Opening the Aldershot Youth Hub, Working with the Probation Service with the About Turn Project, Working with other Churches and providing Community Breakfasts, Networking in the Community; working with Rushmoor Borough Council and Parkside Charity are just the tip of the iceberg.
Whilst remembering the past and honouring it, we are enjoying the present but are also so looking forward to the future.
Blessings …. Rev Sandra Platford.
- Upper Elms Road
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