A WELL-KNOWN minister is moving on to pastures new next month in search of a fresh challenge.
Reverend Chris Key, who has been rural dean for the Church of England across the town for many years, has announced he is to become vicar of St Luke’s in Maidstone, in September.
Chris, who for 18 years has also been rector of St Helen’s Ore, said: “It has been a great joy to live in Hastings all these years. We brought up our children here and have found it a great place to live, and the members of all the churches have been a wonderful support.
“I don’t know where those years have gone to. Before I knew it I was the longest-serving minister of any church in town, and it has been such a privilege to work among you all.”
Well-known for his wildly coloured clergy shirts and zany humour, Rev Key has led the annual remembrance service in Alexandra Park, and the Cut the Cuts campaign (for which he had a song of his published in the Observer).
“The people of St Helen’s and St Barnabas’ have been a great joy to me, and I will be deeply sorry to leave, but I need a fresh challenge now. I pray that God will continue to bless this amazing town and all it’s people.”