Drew taught a 52 week
lesson study of the entire Bible called
Journey of a Lifetime which attracted people from
outside Hearsall and brought about a much greater understanding of what the Bible is saying to us. Our repertoire of music styles increased during this period together with dance and drama being brought into services. He developed the link with Holyhead Road URC which still continues.
During his ministry there was an added impetus to smarten up the buildings and make them more welcoming. Although his own personal theology was not always shared by everyone he was greatly respected by all and loved by many. There was a very noticeable revival and growth under his guidance including 8 baptisms and 5 who joined the church on profession of faith, and his influence is still very much in evidence. Drew left to return to his ailing mother and he himself died within 12 months of leaving, a death which had a great effect on us all.
The smartening up of the outside of the building, which Drew had inspired, led to the membership taking on a major project to completely refurbish and decorate the Church Centre Hall, stage and vestibules. This was completed during a relatively short interregnum and the arrival of our new minister Mark Perry in 2005.
Mark and his wife joined us not long after the birth of their first child, not for several years had we been led by a young minister with a young family. His enthusiasm and proactive engagement both for God and his work at Hearsall were apparent right from day one. He developed a worship style, amalgam of modern and traditional, catering for the whole congregation. He reached out to youngsters integrating them through worship skills, gospel singing and art.