The Wolds and Trent Methodist Circuit, which includes Market Rasen and Caistor, has said farewell to the Rev Andrew Lomax after a stay of nine years.
After working as a newspaper photographer in Halifax, the Rev Lomax entered the Methodist Ministry, with his first post being in Caistor.
“I could not have found a better place to come and start my ministry,” he told the congregation at a farewell service.
His role expanded as he took on responsibility for Market and Middle Rasen and finally as Superintendent Minister for the newly created Wolds and Trent Circuit.
Senior Circuit Steward Janet Faulkner said: “We thank him for all those years given to this Church and the Circuit. He has developed relationships with the primary school, led us in new ways of worship and taught us new songs.”
Tribute was also paid to the support given by his wife Liz, and their children Sam and Bethany.
The Rev Lomax recalled special times in his ministry in Caistor: “The ceremony marking the start of World War 1 saw over 100 people turn out late at night to hear readings and just stand in silence.
“There was the service at the primary school camp and the blessing of the market place pump. They were all special moments.”