125 Year Blog - Pastor John Kynaston PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:35


Pastor John Kynaston 2001 - 2008

John Kynaston came to Hopehall as Pastor in August 2001 with his wife Katrina and 4 teenage daughters, Emma, Jo, Laura and Hollie so ending the 3 year vacancy. The whole family became very involved in the life of the church.

He had moved from Leicester where he had been an Assistant Pastor.  Before this he had qualified and worked as a Sports Teacher in the south of England. He was soon called to train for ministry and served as a missionary in Asia with SIM.  He continued his involvement with SIM along with his role as Pastor of Hopehall. He also continued his sports’ interest especially with running and enthusiastically enjoyed the many ceilidhs despite his English roots.


During the 7 years John Kynaston encouraged everyone to become more involved in serving in the church.  Strong teams of leaders and helpers were built up especially working with youth groups of all ages. With his previous experience of work overseas he influenced a number of the fellowship – young and old – to volunteer for short term work in missionary projects abroad.  When approached with any pastoral issues he was completely confidential and much work was done by him behind the scenes unknown to many. He was a good listener, encourager and wise counsellor.  He was strikingly gifted with openness, organisation and integrity.

blaithwaite2004John was responsible for reviving the church 'weekend away' and organised the first of many weekends at Blaithwaite House in Wigtonshire. The weekend was a tremendous success and enabled us to spend quality time together as a fellowship in a relaxing environment.

He encouraged the changes necessary to keep the church contemporary without losing values. The pews were removed and replaced with comfortable soft chairs which could be easily stacked so that the main hall could be used for multiple activities throughout the week.

During this period the mission statement was further developed and extended to “Moving forward together, sharing Christ in the community.”  

His regular Sunday morning teaching was bible based, clear and challenging.  He also taught on discovering and using the talents given by God.  House groups were encouraged and he organised groups to study the same themes which improved unity.  “The Purpose Driven Life” and later the book of “Nehemiah” were significant studies which united the church to come together for a week of prayer in January 2008.  There followed a great expectancy in the fellowship that God was about to move in a wonderful way.  It was a great surprise to all in May 2008 that John Kynaston courageously revealed his belief that he was not God’s man to lead the church into the new “promised land” and resigned in August 2008.  

Christine Murray 10th August 2012