Rev Joseph Tembo joined us in 2012. In his words, he tells us a little of himself and his family.
I am glad to be formally part of your local Church fellowship. This is really a case of God joining us together – having chosen us for each other. I am sure that he has good reason for this. First, he has done this to glorify himself and secondly to edify his Church at Newmount.
My family and I originally come from the Republic of Zambia, which is where we were born, and grew up.
I became born again in April 1980 when God saved me. In 1984 I became a student at a local Bible College to prepare for the ministry to which God called me in 1981.
I graduated from Bible College in 1986, and in July that same year I took up my first local Church pastoral appointment at “Not By Might” Gospel Tabernacle in Southern Zambia.
I left “Not By Might” in September 1990 to take up more ministerial studies in Bridgend, South Wales at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales. After two years of studying there, I went to study at Mattersey Hall Assemblies of God Bible College, near Retford.
At the end of two years of study, Anna and I relocated to Chichester. During 1994 to 1995, I spent time reading for my Masters Degree in Theology. Along with my studies, I was interim pastor at the Assemblies of God Church, Orchard Street in Chichester.
On July 26 1995, Anna and I returned to Zambia. In August 1995, I was appointed Dean of Students and lecturer at Trans-Africa Theological College. The following year the Board of Governors appointed me to the office of Academic Dean. I held this office up to the time we were getting ready to come to the UK again in 2004, to pursue my PG studies in hermeneutics.
It was on this “second coming” that a relationship developed with a Methodist Church in South Oxhey, near Watford. This relationship led to my offering for ministry in the British Methodist Church; and following the usual process, the Methodist Connexion stationed me in the Mid-Glamorgan Mission Circuit in 2006. It was at the end of my five years of ministry there that I went into the Stationing process again, and was stationed in the Derby Circuit.
The Church Stewards are a representative body of elected members, who co-ordinate with other committees within the church. We work as a team, meeting regularly to discuss, plan and pray for all aspects of the life of our Church. We are active in many groups and activities of the church.
Our current team of Stewards are -
Peter Blount - Senior Steward