The new Pastor of Rivergate is Montaz Ali. He, his wife Naomi, and their two children Tiffany and Theo have flown all the way from the United Kingdom to live in Adelaide, Australia, so that he can serve as our Pastor! Montaz's first Sunday with Rivergate was 6th May 2018 and his induction service was held on Saturday 12th May 2018. We are thrilled that our new Pastor and his family are finally with us!
Hi there! Here's a brief synopsis of my life and faith: I came to faith in Christ at age 16. Arriving in the UK from Bangladesh at the age of 6, I was raised in foster care in Birmingham. After receiving a Gideons Bible at high school, I was drawn to reading it, but found I didn't understand very much of it. However, after I was invited to a Bible-believing church, where I heard the Bible preached clearly and lived out in the lives of the congregation, my eyes were 'opened;' I received faith and subsequently I found that I loved and understood the Bible - it came alive to me. Within a short time of becoming a Christian I felt a 'call' to vocational ministry as a preacher. That led me to first take work as an engineer (to gain life experience) and then to reading theology at Union Theological College in South Wales. My time at Bible college unlocked the Bible to me in a new way and defined my sense of call to preaching the gospel, leading me into pastoral ministry. My first pastorate was to a church in Kent, South East England and then to a church in Flintshire, North Wales, before being called overseas to serve Rivergate as their Pastor. Theologically, I've had a diverse background: I was converted in a Pentecostal church, I've attended Brethren churches, have worked for a short time in a Presbyterian church and have spent the major part of my Christian life attending Reformed Baptist churches. I read theology at an independent evangelical Bible college that had a focus on expository reaching and in ministry I regularly attended Evangelical Anglican conferences (Proc Trust), as well as New Frontiers and FIEC conferences. Some of the theologians that have help shape my theology are Don A. Carson, Tim Keller, Wayne Grudem and John Piper. I believe my theological diversity helps me to relate to people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds, and helps me to keep the primary doctrines primary and the secondary ones secondary. My passion is Christ; to preach the wonder of His cross and glory, to point men and women to Him, to see His kingdom advance and to follow His life and teaching. My great longing is for His return and the establishment of His kingdom on earth.