New era dawns at Baptist church

Rev Amanda Rhodes. Photo submitted.

 HISTORY was made when the congregation at Stratford Baptist Church welcomed its first ever female minister.

Rev Amanda Rhodes was inducted at Stratford-upon-Avon Baptist Church in Payton Street and the service included members of her previous church congregation in Dorchester.

It’s a family move for Amanda and her husband Lee, her daughter has just started university in Cheltenham and her son has enrolled at Stratford College.

“The induction was a fabulous day as I felt I was with old friends and new ones. I will spend time settling in and getting to know Stratford and look forward to my first meeting of Stratford Churches Together. We have a homeless situation in Stratford and there are plans for the Fred Winter building next year but we still have to look after the vulnerable and marginalised amongst us. I really believe the love of Jesus can transform communities,” Rev Amanda Rhodes said.