Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton

A Pastor’s New Chapter

It was such an honor to anoint Pastor Alex Slavutzky and pray Aaron’s blessing over him as he steps into his calling as a pastor of our Beit Hallel Congregation in the city of Ramle.  An old chapter was closing, and a new one was beginning.

Ramle is a coastal city with a mixed population of about 80,000 Jews and Arabs. Once known as a city with a reputation for crime and drugs, building a church there took considerable effort and dedication. This church has had its ups and downs over the course of many years and has seen many challenges, but it has also seen much fruit.

When God called us to plant a church in Ramle, He blessed us with Pastor Ariel Revach and his family, who were well-known and liked in their community. Pastor Ariel took on the pastoral role when Beit Hallel-Ramle was born and was a blessing to the local body of believers. He poured his sweat, tears, and heart into building the congregation in this Christ-centered church. Although he loved the people of his flock and gave his whole heart, Ariel always knew his primary calling and gift was teaching. After carefully praying, he sensed God was closing the pastoral chapter of his life and was calling him to focus on teaching. 

God’s timing is always perfect. As Pastor Ariel sensed his season as a pastor was concluding, God had already prepared another to step in and take over his role. It was confirmed when the elders of Beit Hallel prayed and felt God was calling another pastor to take the lead on Beit Hallel-Ramle — Alex Slavutzky. 

Alex has been an integral part of our work for over ten years. Noting his incredible faithfulness, we have incorporated him into our pastoral work over the last four years, enabling him to build closer relationships with people and continue to develop a pastor’s heart. He very much reminds us of a young King David, a humble man with a servant’s heart. The kind of person that never says no when help is needed. He has been faithful both as a leader, as well as a servant, helping with anything from practical to technical to spiritual needs. Alex is the first to show up and the last one to leave. It would have been easy to overlook him because he is so humble; never drawing attention to himself.

We couldn’t have prayed for a better pastor than the one God prepared in Alex. He has such a big heart for people and is truly a gifted leader. We are excited for the plans God has to grow this congregation and see His word go out among the people of Ramle.

Follow along for more upcoming news and updates about Beit Hallel-Ramle congregation and our work there. God is faithful to complete the good work He has begun in here.

Aaron’s Blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Number 6:24-26