James Sercombe – the church pastor

My name is James Sercombe and I’m privileged to have been the pastor at Crickhowell Evangelical Church since 2006. I’m very 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, learning two languages. Despite spending every weekend in chapel, I didn’t became a Christian until I was 19. By then I was working, wanting to live my own life and do my own thing and planning to turn to God when I was old, you know, just in case!

God, fortunately, had other plans, grabbing my attention through sermons in church and a good mate. Ian was a proper rugby bloke who’d recently become a Christian. We’d meet to play squash and then he’d tell me about Jesus over a drink.

Long story short, another sermon shook me to the core. After a few more days reflecting and stewing on it, I turned away from living for myself and turned to follow Jesus, asking him to forgive my sin and give me a new start. To think that God so loved and cared for this insignificant brat, that he’d send his Son Jesus to our world, revealing himself to humanity and declaring himself to be the saviour we all need. It was amazing to find out that having living sinlessly, Jesus died purposefully and sacrificially, paying the price and taking the penalty for my wrongdoing. With God’s help, the story continues, bumps and all.

Martha and my eyes met across a crowded room during our first week at Trinity College. I was training as a Primary School teacher and she, a nurse. By the end of my four-year course, we were qualified, married and had a little Hannah on the way. After a few years teaching, working in the civil service and then as a chaplain, I was ordained and inducted as a church minister here, set aside to preach and 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 catch you for a coffee in town or an English tea in bone china and explain a little more. 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.