Borders move for Community church pastor

A pastor who has given nearly quarter of a century's ministry to Campbeltown preaches his last sermon on Sunday. Chris Holden, pastor of Campbeltown Community church which meets in the Kinloch Hall, will conduct his last service at 11am. Pastor Holden and his wife, Andrea, are moving to Galashiels where he will take up a full-time pastorate with the Baptist Church from the beginning of May. In total Pastor Holden and Andrea have been resident in Campbeltown for 24 years and after a time away they returned to the town in 2000. Chris took up his ministry at the Community church in 2013. During that time he was also employed by MacMillan Cancer Information and Support Services in the town library. As well as the Community church, Chris has been an active member of the Canoe Club and is chaplain to the Sea Cadets. He has been a regular at both Castlehill and Dalintober primary schools and has consecutively conducted 50 end of term services with those children since 2000, his last was on Maundy Thursday. A Community church spokesperson said: 'Chris and Andrea have been very much part of several aspects of Campbeltown life over many years and they will be greatly missed. 'After the service, this Sunday, there will be a lunch to recognise Chris’s years of service and to express appreciation for his leadership and ministry.'

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A pastor who has given nearly quarter of a century’s ministry to Campbeltown preaches his last sermon on Sunday.

Chris Holden, pastor of Campbeltown Community church which meets in the Kinloch Hall, will conduct his last service at 11am.

Pastor Holden and his wife, Andrea, are moving to Galashiels where he will take up a full-time pastorate with the Baptist Church from the beginning of May.

In total Pastor Holden and Andrea have been resident in Campbeltown for 24 years and after a time away they returned to the town in 2000.

Chris took up his ministry at the Community church in 2013. During that time he was also employed by MacMillan Cancer Information and Support Services in  the town library.

As well as the Community church, Chris has been an active member of the Canoe Club and is chaplain to the Sea Cadets.

He has been a regular at both Castlehill and Dalintober primary schools and  has consecutively conducted 50 end of term services with those children since 2000, his last was on Maundy Thursday.

A Community church spokesperson said: ‘Chris and Andrea have been very much part of several aspects of Campbeltown life over many years and they will be greatly missed.

‘After the service, this Sunday, there will be a lunch to recognise Chris’s years of service and to express appreciation for his leadership and ministry.’