Yamba Presbyterian Church's new minister

THE congregation at Yamba Presbyterian Church has welcomed its new minister.

Al Burke started working in Yamba last week as part of his ministry in the Clarence Valley.

After spending 12 years working for churches in Gosford, Epping and Coonabarabran, Al, his wife Naomi and their children Ruben, 13, Amelia, 11, Bronte, 9, and Enoch, 7, have settled in Yamba.

“We decided to come to Yamba because of the opportunity for a different style of ministry,” Al said.

“We are looking forward to being involved in the lives of people and helping them see that through Jesus we can have a life the way it is meant to be.

“It seems to me we all have loads of questions about life and why a whole range of things happen,” he said.

“There seem to be a stack of different ideas floating around as to why things happen the way they do but the Bible gives us answers that address real-life issues.

“The more I talk with people and get to know people, the more I realise the Bible has the answers.”

And while Al said Christ's teaching addressed the big issues of life, he also wanted Yamba Presbyterian Church to be a place where people could enjoy themselves.

“I want people to be able to enjoy church,” he said. “I would like people to feel comfortable coming to church, feel welcomed, and like they belong here as much as anyone else.

“I decided to come to Yamba because of the opportunity for a different style of ministry. We saw opportunity to be a part of a growing church and ways that we could help in that growth process. We saw a church that is keen to make an impact in the community and thought that would be a great thing to be a part of.

“We are looking forward to getting involved in the community here in Yamba. We love sport and our kids love sport also.

“In ministry I would like people to see me as a normal bloke who has struggles and troubles of his own.”

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