“You are very welcome to join us as we worship the Living God in spirit and in truth at Hungerford URC, we would love to see you there!”
Our current minister Rev. Stephen, has been newly ordained to serve at Hungerford URC and Park URC (Reading). He trained at Westminster College (Cambridge) for 4-years studying mission, ministry and theology. He has been a member of the URC since being a young person and has served as an Elder and a volunteer youth leader.
Stephen has deep roots in the Church as his late father and grandfather were also ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament in the URC and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana respectively. He married Tolu in 2017 and they now reside together in the Manse at Reading. Stephen usually leads worship at Hungerford on the third and fifth Sunday’s of the month.
Stephen loves serving God in communities and meeting lots of people. Loving God and loving neighbour (people) are important to him. Stephen values prayer; discipleship and seeing people growing with the Lord. He also values fun, generosity, multiculturalism and worship that is creative and vibrant.
A hobby of his is finding God in popular culture and documenting this through photography, art and other mediums. Have a look at some of the #TheARTinLife photos here: https://flic.kr/ps/3oe7Ze
I grew up attending Hungerford URC from birth and became a member in 1988, after 12 years away in which time I met my husband (the son of a Pentecostal Minister) we returned to Hungerford in 2001. I enjoy worshiping in different styles and working together with the other Churches in Hungerford.
Right from the first service at Hungerford URC I felt at home and now nearly two years on feel like a real part of the church family. Despite working at a Cathedral I’m definitely not a high church person at heart, and I really value the relaxed and informal services at Hungerford.
Hungerford URC is the first church I’ve been to where I’ve really felt at home and found a church family. I love the welcoming atmosphere, laid back services and the way everyone feels like a genuine friend, I’ve never been in a church where I’ve known all the congregation before!
My association with Hungerford has been from when I was very young, growing up in our sister church at Newbury. When Newbury sadly closed I looked in several directions for a new home and here is right on my doorstep! I have been made to feel very welcome and really do feel at home here, enjoying in particular the real love of the fellowship.