James Sercombe – the church pastor

My name is James Sercombe and I’ve been the pastor at Crickhowell Evangelical Church since 2006. I’m happily married to Martha, a specialist health visitor in the valleys, and we’ve two grown up children.

I grew up in the Swansea Valley, speaking Welsh and playing rugby.  I was a regular at chapel but no angel. Though I had no intention of becoming a committed Christian – at least, not until I was very old and with nothing left to live for, only then to try and get myself a ticket for upstairs rather than run the risk of going downstairs!  In the meantime, I got a job, started life and was quite content with that, thank you very much.

A new chap started attending our church, and became a good friend. Ian was tidy – a proper rugby bloke, although he’d recently become a born-again Christian. He’d often tell me his story and answer all my questions about Jesus. Believe it or not, church sermons started to shock me, and after time reflecting on what I was hearing, I turned away from my own dreams and ambitions and decided to follow Jesus for myself. I asked him to forgive my sin and give me a new start, and he did. To think that God so loved this world, that he’d send his Son, Jesus, revealing himself to humanity and declaring himself to be the saviour we all need. It was amazing finding out that having lived sinlessly, Jesus died purposefully and sacrificially, paying the price and taking away the penalty for my wrongdoing. With God’s help, the story continues, bumps and all.

After a few years teaching, working in the civil service and then as a university chaplain, I became the church minister here, set aside to share the good news of Jesus with everyone.

I count myself privileged to serve alongside a team of 30 others here in Crickhowell, all committed to pointing others to the Lord Jesus. I’d be very happy to meet you for a coffee, or tea in town. I’d be happy to meet you in the pub for a drink and a chat, or you’d be welcome to come to our home for a quieter, more private conversation with Martha.