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An urban parish

Daf Meirion-Jones, a former student of Oak Hill, spoke to us when he was in ministry at All Saints, Preston. All Saints is in the heart of Preston city centre, which presents a unique set of challenges. Says Daf...

Our parish includes council housing, University halls of residence and 19th century terraces which are home mostly to people of Asian heritage. We have three mosques within half a mile, and our parish will have a 60 per cent Islamic population from next year.

What drives our ministry? It's the conviction that God will work by his Spirit when his word is preached, bringing people to know and love Jesus. I was grounded in this conviction when I was a student at Oak Hill, as week by week I was helped to understand God's word and equipped to teach it to others.

The challenges we face are great. We haven't even begun to develop relationships with our Asian community, but our God is great and the gospel of the Lord Jesus is the power of salvation for those who believe.

Oak Hill didn't teach me everything I need to know. But what it did teach me is that prayer, preaching and loving people are the heartbeat of ministry wherever you are.
  Also see  
  Tony Ford  
  Tony Ford is chaplain to Oldham Rugby League Football Club, with many opportunities to do pastoral work and share the gospel.  
  Peter Sanlon  
  Peter Sanlon lectures at Oak Hill but also ministers in Tottenham, north London. He talks about the task of bringing the gospel to diverse people and situations.