Chris Kelsall

My Journey to Fleetwood - Chris Kelsall

At the age of 18 I knew God had called me to serve Him in a way that would take my life in a different direction. I had no idea of His timescale so I continued to work as a farmer for another 14 years, but I purposed there and then to give myself to serving God and His Church wherever I could. He heard my cry, filling and enabling me with His Holy Spirit to join Him on the journey. I became involved in leading a mission team of young people, secular and church youth work and preaching.

In 2004 I read an extract from a book, ‘Apostles of Fylde Methodism’. It tells the story of a young Methodist evangelist who visits the same communities I know and grew up in. “He prayed that God’s truth might visit in saving power the hills and fells..., that it might come like a mighty river ... and find its way to every nook and hamlet of the Fylde.” There followed a season of a powerful move of God’s saving Spirit.

That was over 200 years ago! I have traced the flow of that same river, the River Wyre, from its source in my earliest years as a child, to becoming a pastor in Garstang and then in Great Eccleston, each situated by the River Wyre, and finally to Fleetwood - there is no further to go!

Through a prophetic word and the witness of the Spirit, God birthed in me a desire to serve Him across the Wyre and Fylde, amazingly calling me to be pioneer and not a settler. “What, me Lord?” has been my reply on more than one occasion. And yet, the word spoken to me soon after entering ‘full time’ ministry is that I will reopen the ‘old wells’ of God’s life-giving, life-changing Spirit.

Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me...” continues to be a central scripture in my life along with a growing emphasis of vs.4; “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities.”

The call to come to Emmanuel Church, to head up a missional team in Lofthouse Way and join the leadership team, was clearly for Sue and I the opening of the next door for us to walk through.

Remember, when you follow the Lord in unfamiliar paths, it will scare and stretch you. If both elements are at work in your life, you’re probably on the right tracks. The bottom line is, ‘We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7).




Leadership Team
Webpage icon Claire Chantrell
Webpage icon John McLellan
Webpage icon Rob Guinney
Webpage icon Sarah Jones