On Sunday 17 January, Rev. Kathie Filby was installed as the new pastor of Towerview Church in Bangor. Her husband, Dr. Ivan Filby, joins her in ministry. Much like Pricilla and Aquilla in the New Testament, Kathie and Ivan together form a powerful ministry team. During their ministry together they have seen many people physically and emotionally healed, many set free from addictions and many develop a much closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
Rev. John Townley, the National Leader of the Free Methodist Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland officiated at the installation ceremony by zoom. He led Rev and Dr. Filby through a series of questions and answers before praying for the ministerial couple. Rev Nick Serb, the pastor from the Transformation Center, Lisburn, joined the ceremony to pray for the Towerview Church.
Following the induction, Rev. Filby preached her first sermon as pastor emphasizing our need to have first-hand experiences of Jesus Christ rather than rely on secondhand news.
The Rev Kathie Filby was born in Bangor and grew up in Northern Ireland before heading to Trinity College Dublin to study Spanish and Russian. At various stages in her life, Kathie has worked for Aer Lingus; taught English in several language schools; worked as a missionary in Buenos Aires, Argentina; served as an international student evangelist in Dublin; taught as a university professor of Spanish at Greenville University in Illinois and served as the Conference Evangelist of the Gateway Conference of the Free Methodist Church in North America. In addition to her degree in Spanish and Russian, Kathie holds a MLitt in Argentine Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She was ordained as a Free Methodist Minister in the United States in 2018 and has served at Greenville Free Methodist Church and Parkview Free Methodist Church in Illinois.
Her husband, Dr. Ivan Filby, Co-pastors the church alongside Kathie. Ivan taught business for 16 years at Trinity College Dublin, before moving to the USA to chair the business department at Greenville University. He served as dean of the business school at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California before serving seven years as president of Greenville University. Ivan holds a PhD in management from Aston University, a MA in Evangelism Studies from Cliff College and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Ivan has taught on the power of the Holy Spirit on five continents and has helped many develop a much closer relationship with Jesus Christ. He has just completed a book: “Livestream: Learning how to minister in the Power of the Holy Spirit” that is due to be published later in 2021.
Towerview Church has decided not to meet in person during the current lockdown to ensure people remain safe. Their services are livestreamed every Sunday at 11 am.
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