The Pastor

Encounter Church was planted in September 2011 and is led by Pastor Jimmie Vowles.

Jimmie has a heart to see broken people healed and transformed by the amazing power of Jesus. He has seen this happen in his own life and his passion is to bring this message of Jesus into as many lives as possible.

Jimmie is originally from Blackridge, West Lothian. He completed the School of Ministry at Regents Theological College, Nantwich and graduated in 2006. He also has a Diploma in Evangelism, Christian Studies, Certificate in Ministry and Diploma in Drug, Solvent and Alcohol abuse.

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A transformed life!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV)

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come! (Amplified)

Pimp My Ride was a TV show produced by MTV. Each episode consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customizing it. Most of the cars were ready for the scrapheap after years of neglect. When the owner submitted the car into the right hands -experienced mechanics, the transformation was incredible. It was not only restored back to its original purpose, but also modified.

Twenty one years ago, I was in poor condition, deep depression and suicidal due to drug and alcohol abuse. I had no self-respect and thought I was scrap and worth nothing. Life had dealt me a bad hand, feelings of rejection and abandonment from my past overwhelmed me and drugs and alcohol became my friend and comforter, they accepted me just as I was and being in their company I felt no rejection.

I couldn’t take life anymore, depression,  drugs and alcohol were taking me to a darkness I felt I could never get out of , i was just exisiting and each day i wanted that existence to come to an end.

“Come to Church”? Someone invited me to come and hear about a man called Jesus. “Jesus”! He was a man in a big black book 2000 years ago, why on earth would I want to go and hear about him? Jesus was for boring and religious people, how could he be relevant in my life?

On the 11th of November 1996 at 6:30 pm I accepted the invitation to Church. I squirmed in my seat as this preacher was speaking, he seemed to know everything about my life…” someone must have told him about me- my lifestyle, the pain I was in and feelings and hopelessness and that I just wanted out.

The preacher was visiting that night and knew nothing about me, as he spoke about life and healing offered by Jesus, I couldn’t stop crying, I felt as if God was putting a spotlight on my life and in my heart. The only thing I could do was respond to the invitation  Turn your life around, stop being God in your own life and give your life to Jesus” I’ve never gave my life so quickly to anyone that night.

That was over 19 years ago. Wow! How my life has changed, he proved to me everything that he said he would do…meaning, purpose, healing, new start, peace…he set me free!

Our God is a God of New Beginnings, fresh starts, clean slates, and endless chances. Jesus came to set you free. There is no limit to His Love and Mercy. Why wait to start over? You can have a New Life, a New You, a New Way… Today!!

God knows your brokenness and desires to Heal you and bring you to a New Life. Jesus Loves You. You are precious to Him. He wants you to know Him, to have a relationship with Him.

Jesus is a man of his word.

Will you take him at his word?

Pastor Jimmie Vowles

He would love to hear from you – contact him at jimmie@encounterchurchelim.co.uk

Watch Jimmie’s testimony here: