The Elim Ryedale Church, which has a long history in Malton and across Ryedale, has made an exciting new appointment.
Part of the Elim Pentecostal movement, the church has appointed Christian Gale, who will be officially inducted into the church on 10 April 2021.
Known to his congregation as Pastor Christian, Christian Gale was raised in an Anglican family. But after years of being estranged from ‘church life’, his life was transformed when he had a ‘born again’ experience in his twenties. This life-changing experience caused him to be evangelical with regard to being born again. He shortly after married Joanne.
While working as a departmental manager and lawyer for a national law firm, Christian began preaching and volunteering in church leadership. It was then not long before he had a sense of God calling him to full-time Ministerial work; but, as he had a young family, financial practicalities prevented him from taking this forward. A surprise redundancy opportunity changed this and he embarked upon what he believes is his real calling in life. Christian read theology and biblical studies at the University of Chester and gained a BA(Hons). Since then, he has led congregations in Bradford and Wakefield and is known for his passionate preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and repurposing of churches.
He is driven to see lives improved spiritually and practically by the love of God. He is a modern-thinking Pastor, who is fully versed in the pressures and strains that life can bring. Once his appointment begins he will be seeking out the needs of the local area and trying to deliver some much-needed solutions. Christian says: “Elim Ryedale Church has always been a church of friendly, loving, and warm people whose desire is to help. They input to the local community through different events and steer a significant foodbank, which is an ecumenical project. I believe I can further strengthen the church and look forward to leading them.
We have an open arms policy welcoming people to join us. I believe that a community built on the shared love of God solidifies people both within and outside the church. The engagement with Jesus and his teaching provides the motivation that will help us bring significant social change.”