B. A. Ramsbottom has been pastor at Bethel Chapel, Luton for over 50 years.
He was born in Lancashire, where he worked as a teacher and an itinerant preacher
before the call to the Pastorate at Bethel Chapel in the mid 1960’s, taking up the
office in January 1967.
He is known beyond Luton as the author of many books and for 45 years (1971-2015)
was the Editor of the Gospel Standard magazine.
The children’s books in the series “Miracles of Jesus” originated in monthly talks
given to the Bethel Sunday School children. Several other of his books including
Bible Doctrines Simply Explained; The King who would not Listen and Behind a Frowning
Providence – the life of Joseph originated from either Sunday School or Pastor’s
Bible Class addresses at Bethel Chapel.
For many years he served on Gospel Standard committees and regularly preaches at
special services up and down the country, but he has always felt his first calling
is to the church and congregation which meets at Bethel Chapel.
For this we have been very thankful to the Lord, as his ministry has been used
to call many of us by grace, and weekly instruct us in the truth. Mr Ramsbottom’s
ministry is particularly valued for how it magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ – especially
in His work of salvation and His glorious offices to His people.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you
in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's
sake. And be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)