One of Ruddington’s best known community figures, Sam Hackett, minister of Ruddington Baptist Church has had his last service at Ruddington.
In July 2014, at the age of just 22, Sam Hackett become the youngest ordained Baptist Minister in England and Wales. He was inducted as the Minister of Ruddington Baptist Church on 13th September 13th.
Now, almost nine years later, Sam has decided it’s time for a fresh challenge, In an emotional service, the Ruddington community said its grateful farewells.
“It’s with a mixture of sadness, joy and excitement that I announce that I’ll be leaving Ruddington Baptist Church this summer to take on the role of Chaplain at the University of Bristol,” says Sam.
“I’m sad to leave because Ruddington has become my home, and I’m joyful because of all the amazing memories I’ve created and shared with my church family and with many other people in the local community.
“It’s been a privilege to live in a village in which people genuinely care for each other and where there’s such a strong sense of unity and togetherness.”
Sam confirms Ruddington will always be a place close to his heart: “I’ll cherish my personal memories of starting a family here. I’ve particularly appreciated the close working relationships I’ve had with the leaders of our other local churches (Rev Andrew Buchanan, Rev Simon Rose and Rev Nichola Jones).
“And one of my personal highlights has been connecting with our primary schools through assemblies, lunchtime groups and hockey coaching. I’ll miss popping into our local shops, cafes and pubs and want to thank everyone for many friendly conversations – and for your enthusiasm in getting involved with some of my more wacky initiatives!”
Ruddington Baptist Church continues to meet at St Peter’s Rooms at 10.30am on Sundays. All are welcome to come along and discover God’s love for you.
Treasurer, Ruddington Baptist Church