South Street Baptist Church is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Ross Maynard as our community minister. Ross joins our team this month in this new four day a week post. He comes to us from Mutley Baptist Church in Plymouth where he has been one of the ministers since 2015. Ross comes to Exeter with Alice, whom he married a few weeks ago.
The community minister post is a new role to South Street and the Palace Gate Centre, but builds on past experience. In the early days of the Centre, funding from the Baptist Union enabled the church to employ a minister to offer support to those coming into the Centre.
Ross will serve as a Centre Chaplain alongside Simon Taylor (our full time minister) and Peter Woolway (our pastoral associate worker). The Centre chaplains are available to listen to the concerns of those who come into the Centre and can often suggest where people can get further support. They can pray with those who request it and are always willing to help people explore faith in Jesus that they may know a deeper peace in their lives. Chaplains can be available by appointment or will often be found in Dove Cafe, our community cafe that runs on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Ross will also take on a leadership role in our Dove Church which currently meets monthly. Dove Church is a new way of being church where we do not sing or have to sit in straight lines listening to someone tell us what to think. Instead, we meet around a shared meal and use a contemporary liturgy inspired by Celtic styles of prayer. We don’t have a sermon but discuss a chosen Bible passage. We have appointed Ross to help us develop Dove Church.
As community minister, Ross will help us strengthen links with Centre users and with the wider community around us. He will spend time listening to the needs and hopes of our communities and help us to discern other ways in which we might encourage people and help them to explore the life and peace Jesus offers us.
Ross and Alice come with a real passion to work with those who find themselves or feel themselves to be on the margins of society. They are wise, mature and very easy to get on with. They are both good listeners.
Ross is an accredited Baptist minister who loves to play squash, be out and about in nature and go wild swimming.
Simon Taylor, our f/t minister says,”We are so happy to have Ross and Alice come and join us here in Exeter. They both have compassionate hearts and long to help people find new hope and purpose. Ross is a brilliant addition to our team and we look forward to seeing what the future will bring”.