Richard Taylor was born in Llanelli, Wales; the eldest of four boys he was largely raised by his mother on her own, his father having left them when he was still quite a small boy. Richard grew up on a tough estate and quickly became established as a petty thief in order to fund his drug addiction. During his early teenage years he introduced numerous friends to drugs and crime but escaped prison due to his age. However as he grew older he eventually ended up doing time in prison.
His life finally reached a crisis when he turned 18. Senses dulled by drugs he and a mate burgled a house that wasn’t empty and he was recognised and caught and placed on remand for 6 months. During the remand period he was befriended by a prison chaplain and began to experience something of God’s peace in his life. This led to his referral to Victory Outreach and a woman called Dinah Sansome. She saw that God had his hand upon Richard and intervened on his behalf so that, instead of receiving a custodial sentence, he was bailed to Victory Outreach. Within a few days of starting to live at this centre he had an extraordinary encounter with God that led to him becoming a follower of Jesus and also instantly and miraculously being set free from drug and alcohol addiction.
Written in a pacy style this book details Richard’s criminal past and recounts his encounter with Christ. Not covered in the book he is now the Director of Victory Outreach and is founding Pastor of multiple site Victory Church. Victory Church in Cwmbran has recently become well known as the focus of a move of God’s Spirit known as Welsh Outpouring. Richard has also been a presenter on the 2002 TV series ‘To catch a thief’
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On Tuesday evening 5 of us from Life Church Hook headed off to Wales, to visit Victory Church, Cwmbran which has become renowned as the centre of what is being called the Welsh Outpouring. Having looked at their website and watched a few of their videos I had some idea of what to expect.
We had been warned that the venue fills up quickly once the doors open at 7:00pm and it was best to arrive early to ensure a seat in the main auditorium, a converted warehouse. The meeting began with worship which was Christ centred and God exalting. After about 20 minutes Kenny Brandie, Lead Pastor for the Cwmbran Campus, invited those who would like prayer for healing and deliverance from addiction to come to the front where the ministry team prayed for them. Over 100 people were prayed for, the vast majority ending up flat on their backs on the floor. I was impressed by the care and sensitivity being shown by the ministry team to the people they prayed for.
After a further worship time Pastor Kenny preached a message about experiencing the presence of God. And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. Exodus 33:15 English Standard Version (ESV) Kenny showed us how fire was a symbol of God’s presence: with Moses at the burning bush, in the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites through the wilderness and on the disciples at the day pf pentecost. He encouraged us to seek and expect the presence of God; not just for a moment but to take with us into our lives. This led to a further ministry time when about a dozen people became followers of Jesus and the vast majority of those present were prayed for to receive fresh impartation of the Holy Spirit.
People have asked me since if this is a genuine revival; I think I would have to say it is. I felt extremely comfortable and the whole focus of the meeting was Jesus centred and the gospel of Jesus was proclaimed. The leaders we self effacing and at pains not to draw attention to themselves. This was night 64 of these meetings and during that time they have recorded 650 new believers and thousands of people being healed and touched by the presence of God.
I went hoping, that like Jesus disciples in the gospels, I would see Jesus at work – healing the sick and declaring the kingdom. I long to see more of his happening in our ministry here in Hook so plan to visit Cwmbran again and take more of our people with us. Contact email@example.com if you would like to come along with us.
Watch this video for an invitation Pastor Richard Taylor: