Local Profile of Rev. Jeff Howden of Saltash Baptist Church
By JanePublisher | Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 20:19
Rev. Jeff Howden will be retiring after 22 years as minister of Saltash Baptist Church. Jeff is from London but moved to Saltash in August 1989 and has no intention of ever leaving the Southwest now he is retiring.
Rev. Jeff Howden
Rev Jeff Howden at Saltash Baptist Church
Saltash Baptist Church
Jeff said: "When you retire you have to keep a low profile to allow the new minister to take over the role, but we have no intention of leaving Saltash." Jeff plans to spend his extra free time to study, read, take long walks and to travel more. With one child living in Massachusetts, Jeff and his wife Janet of 41 years, will have plenty to do.
Jeff started his career as a computer programmer in London before he felt a calling to the ministry. He trained at the London Bible College (now the London School of Theology) and spent 22 years in Reading before settling in Saltash.
Jeff said: "Being the minister here in Saltash has been the best 22 years of my life." Jeff enjoys the slower more relaxed pace of life in the Southwest compared to the Southeast. Jeff has 4 children who are all grown up and married and 5 granddaughter's that still live in the southwest.
Jeff feels that the most important part of his ministry work in Saltash has been a part of bringing all of the churches in Saltash together again, the 'healing of the past' and to develop communications.
Jeff has been the official chaplain to 3 separate Mayors in Saltash and chaplain to Plymouth Argyle F.C. Jeff was the chaplain to Adam Killeya, the previous Saltash Mayor, who will be giving thanks to Jeff for his service to the town council at his retirement service.
Adam said: "Jeff has been a tremendous servant of both the town of Saltash and the Baptist Ministry over the decades - not only as Minister but as Legion Branch Chaplain, Plymouth Argyle Chaplain and Mayor's Chaplin to three Mayors. His devotion to the community, his sense of duty and service, and his humanity are widely known and greatly respected."
There will be a farewell tribute to Jeff on Saturday 4th February at 3.00pm at the Saltash Baptist Church, with music, tributes and presentations followed by tea, everyone is welcome. Jeff's last service is on Sunday 5th February at 10.30am.