The Revd. Jonathan Forman ( Blaenau Gwent Baptist Church, Abertillery) has become a new trustee of the Baptist Union of Wales English Language Wing. He has been a pastor at Blaenau Gwent for the last six years.
His father was a minister of a church at Farnham, Surrey and Jonathan was a student at Moorlands College, Christchurch, Bournemouth for four years before he gained a BA degree in applied theology majoring upon pastoral and evangelism studies. It was there he met his wife, Elora, a fellow student whose home church was Rhiwbina Baptist Church, Cardiff. They were married in 2007 and have two young daughters – Lily-Rose and Hope Esther.
Both Jonathan and Elora felt the Lord was calling them to the South Wales valleys which resulted in them moving to Blaenavon in 2008. The couple served as outreach workers and then joint pastors at Blaenavon Evangelical Church for six years. Jonathan responded to a call and was inducted into the pastorate at Blaenau Gwent in November 2014 and the church has been blessed by their tireless work and service to the Lord. Jonathan completed a two-year course of studies at the South Wales Baptist College, Cardiff in 2016 becoming a fully accredited Baptist minister in 2019.
Jonathan is also a keen musician having studied contemporary drumming at the Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music and he enjoys helping to lead worship by playing the guitar and singing – in addition, of course, to preaching.
Jonathan has taken a lively interest in the work of the Gwent Association and the Union since moving over to the Baptist family. He became a member of the Association’s Officers’ Group in 2017 and represents the Association on the BUW Home Mission Board and the BMS Council of Reference.
Jonathan firmly believes in the power of prayer and has taken the “lead” for the Association in arranging some inter-church initiatives including a 24-hour prayer event, supported by a comprehensive prayer pack, which took place over the weekend of 24/25 January. This was Gwent’s launch of its programme to mark the BUW 2020 Year of Prayer although sadly most of the face-to face prayer meetings have had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Association secretary Geoffrey Champion said: “”Jonathan is truly a humble and faithful servant of the Lord. He always makes a considered, positive, practical and godly contribution to our work as an Association and his ‘Can do’ approach is an inspiration to all of us.” He also expressed the Association’s gratitude to Mr. Huw Stephens ( Bethesda Baptist Church, Rogerstone) who stepped down from the role of BUW trustee after seven years of excellent service.