Canon Christopher Andrews has announced his retirement from posts at St Wulfram’s Church and St John the Evangelist in Manthorpe.
In the summer next year, Canon Andrews will leave St Wulfram’s after 17 years and after two years at St John’s.
He said: “Grantham and its people know the value of hard work. I have been fortunate to be here so long and owe gratitude to many people.
“It has been a privilege to help care for such a remarkable and noble church building with the help of such a supportive company of people in the congregation and the town.”
Many changes have occurred at St Wulfram’s since Canon Andrews began his time there, including contemporary services alongside the traditional, the introduction of the coffee shop and further facilities for visitors, and the establishment of the choir and music department under the direction of Dr Tim Williams.
Friendships with ministers of Grantham’s various churches and working relationships with the town’s mayors and district councillors are partnerships he has valued over the years.
Meanwhile a key consideration ahead of announcing his retirement was the strength of the St Wulfram’s spire appeal, which he believes has got off to a strong start and will not be affected by his departure.
Canon Andrews said he wants to enjoy the rest of his time in the town with wife Christine.