About Grace Baptist Church Port Erin
Grace Baptist Church Port Erin are a group of believers from varying nations, backgrounds, age groups and cultures, brought together by our God given faith in Jesus Christ in whom we worship.
We are reformed in our beliefs because we believe our life and faith is founded in the teachings of scripture and this is best outlined in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, which can be found here.
We are Baptist because we believe that when someone has come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ they symbolise this union publicly by being baptised by total immersion in obedience to the scriptures.
We desire to worship God in the way He has laid out in the scriptures and spread the Good News that salvation is found in Christ and in Him alone. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Our Mission Statement
The Church Aims to have born again believers who are:
Growing in their faith
Active in evangelism and good works
Holding the right attitude to tradition
Worshipping God in spirit and truth
Our Church Building
Here is a quick look around our church building which is found on Bridson Street in Port Erin.
The History of the Church
The Church began when a number of believers left the Methodist Church and in 1970 under the eldership of local businessman Bill Corkill, began meeting first at Castletown and then in Port Erin in the local British Legion Halls. In 1979 a plot of land was purchased and the building you see was finished on this site in 1980. Since then the building has been updated and extended.
In 1990 with the support of the European Missionary Fellowship, Pastor Brian Jones was called to the Church. For over 16 years Pastor Jones worked to build up the church until he was unexpectedly called to glory after a short illness.
In February 2007, we called longstanding member and Elder Phil Lo Bao as the next Pastor who has served the church solidly for over 14 years.
In 2020 the church called Andy Feather to serve as Assistant Pastor in training. This role will see Pastor Lo Bao train Andy up in ministry with the view of retiring when the training is complete.
Our Services and Groups
Church Services Throughout the Week
Morning Service. Sunday Club for Children
Sunday Prayer Meeting 5:00pm
Sunday Evening 5.30pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting. Transport Available
Friend and Neighbours 2pm Last Thursday of Every Month
An event which has a different speaker each month covering a variety of local topics. Followed after by a short epilogue
Thursday Club 6:30pm Term Time Only
Activities and Bible Study for Primary and High School ages
Friday Just A Cuppa 10:30-11:30
Free tea and coffee morning for people to meet and chat
Meet the Elders
Grace Baptist Church Port Erin has three Elders who serve the Church. They are Phil Lobao, Adrian Tickle and Andy Feather
Phil Lo Bao
Phil was born in Guernsey. He was converted in Liverpool in 1973 and married Chris in 1976. They have two grown up married daughters and three grandchildren. Phil undertook theological training with the Evangelical Movement of Wales Bryntirion course. They moved to the Isle of Man in 1987 where Phil taught at Ramsey Grammar School, then becoming one of the Clerks of Tynwald. He became pastor in May 2008 having attended the Church for some years prior to that serving as a deacon and later elder.
Adrian is a church elder. He is married to Ruth and they have 2 sons. Adrian was born on the Island and works in the aviation industry as a safety regulator. He has been a member of Grace Baptist Church Port Erin for many years. Adrian enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dogs, playing the drums, and of course plane spotting!! "
Andy is currently our Pastor in Training. He was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and has lived in Norfolk and Dumfries. In 2008 he came to faith and married Claire. They have 5 children, Jonas, Sofia, Judah, Levi and Lucas. They moved across to the Isle of Man in September 2020 after being called by the church. Andy has previously worked as a Youth Pastor, Health Worker with young offenders, Peadiatric Nurse, semi professional rugby player, teaching assistant and warehouse worker.
We have close links with other churches on the Island, principally Grace Baptist Church Peel, Onchan Baptist Church and Ramsey Bethel Church. Further afield we prayerfully support Church planting work in various parts of the British Isle, such as in Haselmere and Didcott and maintain regular contact with several UK churches including Emmanuel Church Northwich, Mount Road Baptist Church Hinckley and La Villiaze Congregational Church in Guernsey. Further afield we have close links with a small congregation in Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tyrol and its pastor Detlef Kohl.
Our missionary support focuses upon the work of the Grace Baptist Mission. We support a GBM worker in the north of England who works amongst Muslims, and a worker in Manila. In addition, one of the Church members works for Child Evangelism Fellowship and we support him in his work. Other missionary interest focuses upon the Salvic Gospel Association, the European Missionary Fellowship and the Middle East Reformed Fellowship.
Grace Baptist Church Port Erin Bridson Street