History of SABC
South Ashford Baptist Church was started as a plant from Ashford Baptist Church in the late 1950s, originally from a Sunday school. Instrumental in this was Sister Mabel Sands, who was part of the Baptist Deaconess Order. Our custodian trustees ( Baptist Union Corporation) inform us that the site was purchased in July 1959. Sister Mabel stayed at the church until the early 1970s and passed into the presence of her Lord in March 2009)
( Sister Mabel Sands pictured at the opening of the chapel building)
Pastors have been Rev Steve Flashman ( 1972-1980) Rev Bob Travers ( 1980-1988) Rev David Opie (1989-1998) Rev Jerry Newson ( 1999-2008) and Rev Dr Daniel Clark (2009-2015).
( Steve Flashman in image above with his guitar).
( above, Rev Jerry Newson, Rev Andrew Mumford and Rev Dr Daniel Clark, taken in June 2018 when Daniel and family were home from Peru on Home Assignment.)
Our 60th anniversary is in September 2019, when Rev Steve Chalke will be speaking. Steve was a youth worker here in the early 1970s under Rev Steve Flashman.