We are a local church of local people. You'll see some familiar faces if you grew up in Youghal or have lived here for a long time. Like Youghal town, we reflect the diversity of nationalities and cultures, with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
We all have our own journeys, but Jesus brings us together. Being found by him, we have found forgiveness and acceptance.
So come along - everyone is welcome.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor is another word for shepherd or herdsman. Jesus, described as "The Good Shepherd, " explains, "The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep".
Taking the example from Jesus, the pastor's role is to teach, lead and sacrificially serve God's flock.
In Youghal Baptist Church, we currently have two elders (church leaders), Rob Bateman and Paul McFarland. Paul serves in a full-time capacity as a pastor within the Church. Baptist Missions currently employ Paul, the mission department of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland.
Paul is married to Kate, whom he openly confesses is by far his better half! They have two children – Chloe and James. Paul originally comes from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Kate was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Lismore, Co., Waterford as a teenager. They met in Midleton Baptist Church when Paul served there in a youth-work role before coming to Youghal. They moved to Youghal in 2014 at the Church's invitation and through Baptist Missions' support. Paul's role with Baptist Missions in Youghal is to pastor the Church, reach out to others with the Good News about Jesus, and, Lord willing, over time, see the Church come to a place where it is financially self-supporting.
Jesus says: “Come to me, all you who are tired and weighed down with life, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”