Mike Hitchings, Pastor
I am married to Kathryn. We have three children Eleanor, Connie and Reuben.
I became Pastor here at Bethel in September 2011. I am employed full-time by the church and lead the church together with the other elders.
My parents were Christians and took me to church regularly. Like many, I assumed this made me a Christian too. At about eleven years old, I realised I did not know God for myself. I faced up to my sin and found forgiveness in Jesus.
I worked in Probation and Youth Justice as a practitioner and manager. It was a good career and I felt that it made a contribution to making society better. However, I also knew that we were only putting a sticking plaster on people’s lives – we weren’t touching the basic problem of their relationship to God.
I was delighted when others confirmed what I was feeling: that I was called to Christian ministry. Having trained with a church in Ipswich and served churches in Suffolk for a while, I came to Bethel. It is a great privilege to me to serve and to lead the church community here.