Having spent the last 11 years serving the people of Epworth, Reverend David Leese, and his wife Sue, are heading home to Ashbourne in Derbyshire to enjoy their retirement.
Rev Leese came to the town in August 2005 as the then superintendent minister of the Epworth and Crowle Methodist circuit.
This region was extended in 2010 to become the Epworth and Scunthorpe Methodist circuit.
Both he and Sue said the 11 years at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church have been marvellous ones.
He said: “This has been because of the wonderful community of Epworth, the opportunity to share in the village schools, and in providing a welcome to not only local families and children, but to the international visitors who come primarily because of its Methodist heritage.
“The Methodist churches have embraced us in their love and welcome and we have embraced them in return.”
Many have appreciated the hens on the lawn in front of the church, and David’s Gospel magic tricks.
Rev Leese continued: “We leave Epworth with sadness because of the love and support we have experienced, and not only from the Methodist people, but from the community as a whole.”
Reverend Angela Long will take over the position from September 1.