A CONGREGATION welcomed its new minister by holding a special service.
Allan Wolfenden, who will be leading Pellon Baptist Church, was the guest of honour at a celebratory meal.
Between 50 and 60 church members greeted Mr Wolfenden, who took the Easter service. He was welcomed by the members during the service.
He is the first minister Pellon Baptist Church has had since Louise Dickinson left to take on a career in teaching three years ago.
Mr Wolfenden will share his time between the Pellon Church and the West Vale Baptist Church.
Margaret Adkins, church deacon and secretary, said: “We know Allan because he has been at West Vale for 14 years so we’re looking forward to seeing more of him.”