Pastor’s ‘huge’ contribution to town celebrated

Peter Olutch, pastor Dr Alex Appiah and Glynis Bevan at the service on Sunday.
Peter Olutch, pastor Dr Alex Appiah and Glynis Bevan at the service on Sunday.

A special Farewell and Thanksgiving Service has been held in honour of a pastor who has made a “huge” contribution to the community in and around Market Weighton.

Pastor Dr Alex Appiah, founder of the church Living Springs Ministries, is moving on to pastures new. It means The Life Centre on Market Weighton’s High Street, which is run by the church, now faces closure.

The Farewell and Thanksgiving Service was held on Sunday at The Life Centre, and about 90 residents packed out the centre for the event.

Dr Appiah said: “It has been a great privilege and a personal honour to have had the opportunity to serve the people East Yorkshire, in particular Market Weighton, Pocklington and the surrounding villages for the past 10 years. I have met many great and wonderful people along the journey. When I look back, I am humbled by the many people we have had the opportunity to help in so many ways - physically, educationally, emotionally and spiritually. These include hundreds of young people, who have moved on to do great things for their lives.

“It is with a heavy heart but also a sense of pride that I leave it all behind, especially the wonderful people I have met during my length of stay in this area.

“I am very thankful to the many volunteers, who wholeheartedly gave their time and energy to support our efforts at making a difference in the lives of people.”

The Life Centre’s manager Glynis Bevan says Alex’s contribution to the local community has been “huge.” She added: “Alex has been here for 10 years and done an awful lot for the community, especially the youth. We had a really strong youth club here at one time.” The Life Centre has provided modern learning and training facilities available to all members of the local community. It has offered a safe and comfortable environment off the streets, to engage disadvantaged young people, help them overcome the barriers in their lives, and reduce anti-social behaviour in the local community.