Getting ready for the Western Isles Bible Conference

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A Welsh speaking Minister with connections to Harris is due to preach at the annual Western Isles Bible Conference which takes place, God willing, in Stornoway next weekend.

The Conference, which is hosted by the Stornoway Congregation of the Free Church (Continuing) is due to run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June.

This year’s speaker is Rev. Dewi Higham. Born and brought up in South Wales, his father, Rev. Vernon Higham was a Presbyterian Minister who along with many evangelicals left the Welsh Presbyterian Church (the Calvinistic Methodists) in the 1960s and 1970s due to the growing liberalism prevalent in that Church.

After training and working as an architect for some years, Mr Higham sensed a call to the Ministry.

In 1993 he was ordained and inducted into a Welsh language church at Tregaron, West Wales.

For five years from 1998 to 2003 he was assistant pastor at Heath Church (Cardiff) where his father was the Minister. Since 2003 he has been Minister at the Tabernacle Cardiff.

His wife Mairi hails from Inverness, but her mother was a native of Stockinish, Harris. They have one daughter who is a fluent Welsh speaker and is also learning Gaelic.

Mr Higham delights in reverent yet joyful worship, and especially in preaching Christ and him crucified.

Following in the footsteps of the earlier generations of Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, such as Daniel Rowland and Hywel Harris who knew days of revival and blessing, his longing is to see the Lord at work not only in Wales and throughout the nations and to that end he labours in the Gospel.

In all Mr Higham will give five addresses, based on the theme Assurance and Perseverance.

Friday evening (7.30pm) is given over to Kept from Dangers Without. Saturday (2pm & 6.30pm) will be on themes Kept from Dangers Within and Kept Throughout Life.

Finally on the Sabbath (11am & 6.30pm) the themes are Kept and Rejoicing and God is the end of the journey.

There will be a time for tea and fellowship between the addresses on Saturday.

It is hoped that these meetings will prove most beneficial and a warm welcome awaits all.

Pictured above is Rev. Dewi Higham.