My name is David Hellsten, and I am the minister at Milford on Sea Baptist Church. I am married to Annette, and we have two children, Lara and Simeon. Originally I am from Sweden; Annette, however, is English. We moved to Milford in April 2011, and are excited about the village, the beach and the New Forest, as well as about the ministry that the Lord has given us here. I love preaching the Good News about Jesus, especially in the open air during our united church events at Keyhaven and on the village green.
My desire is to see the church grow in wisdom, power and commitment, and to see people come to faith in Jesus and choose to live their lives as his disciples. Since we moved here I've been going around the village knocking on doors - if you were out when I came around, maybe I'll find you next time round! I've also spent time at the pub (especially doing the quiz), and just trying to get to know people around the village. All for the purpose of sharing God's love with people!
Before coming to Milford, we were missionaries in Albania. First we were church planters with OM (Operation Mobilisation), and later on I taught at a Bible school (the Albanian Bible Institute), training Albanian church leaders and missionaries.
You can follow me on Twitter: @RevDavidMilford
You can also read my blog posts (previous church bulletin & parish magazine contributions) on http://milfordpastor.wordpress.com