Introduction to the New HBC Minister
Revd Chris Farmer
Started September 2021
Chris Farmer, the new pastor of Histon Baptist Church, is known to many in Histon and Impington. He trained for youth ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, was youth leader at All Saints Church, Milton, and then led a growing youth work at Histon Baptist Church. He and his wife Kate, a nurse, and their three children, moved on from Histon in 2016 when Chris responded to a call to Baptist ministry. His training was at Spurgeon’s College in London, and he was minister-in-training and then minister in Braintree Baptist Church in Essex. He helped the church there to reach out to its community and beyond.
With Ron Day’s retirement in 2020, Histon Baptist Church members were seeking a new pastor and Chris had for some time been discerning a calling to come back to Histon, or rather to go forward again in Histon. The timing all dovetailed, and the church agreed that Chris, with his training and experience in leading a church, would be someone to inspire and guide the church at a time when new people are joining.
Chris has always had a concern that the church should be outward-looking. When he was here before he helped lead various youth groups, including Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade groups and several Youth Alpha courses to encourage faith development amongst young people. He took a group of young people on a trip to Tanzania to engage in work there. He has been involved in the local schools, including Impington Village College, and he set up a yearly Transitions project, helping some vulnerable children to transition from junior school to IVC.
The induction of Chris to the pastorate of Histon Baptist was on Saturday 11 September. Among those joining with the church’s members for the occasion were Councillor Denis Payne, chair of the Histon and Impington Parish Council, Canon James Blandford-Baker, Vicar of Histon and Impington, who brought greetings from Churches Together, and representatives from several schools, churches and other groups.
Chris says: ‘We are very excited to be back in the village once again. It is familiar but also new. Many things have changed and moved on over the last five years since we left, not least because of Covid. But I feel assured that God has brought us back to help move the church forward into a new season and I look forward to exploring what that might be!’