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Port Lincoln pastor hands church reins to new generation

LEADERS: Paul Kidney (right) with Tim and Jess Newman who are taking over from him as heads of Lighthouse Family Church Port Lincoln. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
LEADERS: Paul Kidney (right) with Tim and Jess Newman who are taking over from him as heads of Lighthouse Family Church Port Lincoln. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

After more than 20 years Lighthouse Family Church has new leadership as Senior Pastor Paul Kidney steps aside to take on the role of police chaplain in the community.

Mr Kidney had served as senior pastor at the church since 2000 after moving from Wudinna, having arrived on the Eyre Peninsula from the Adelaide Hills with his family in 1997.

After more than 20 years leading the church Mr Kidney stepped down from his leadership role in July with Tim and Jess Newman taking on the roles of senior pastors.

Mr Kidney said the church's philosophy was about raising up the next generation and supporting it moving forward and the Newmans were the next generation and would do well with moving the church into the future.

"We introduced Tim and Jess a few years ago to walk alongside us in leadership to the point where, as a church we felt it was the right timing to hand over the reins," he said.

Mr Kidney said he had taken on the role of local police chaplain and was looking forward to continuing to contribute to the community in this role.

Mr and Mrs Newman have been living in Port Lincoln since moving from Darwin in 2014, attending the church almost straight away.

Many would know Mr Newman as one of the vendors seen inside 'That Coffee Cart' across Port Lincoln while Mrs Newman is also involved with CRC Bible College and is part of its National Training Board.

Mr Newman said they had become a part of the church's leadership team in 2015 and started running the youth group in 2016, as well as helping out with Kids Church and the music team.

He said in their new role they would work hard to ensure the church's vision statement would continue within the community.

"We worked through the vision statement together, loved where we were going as a church and transforming lives, changing communities," he said.

"It's still early days but I think we have a good process in place, we were doing quite a bit before we were offered the role, it has been gradual which is good, but it is a real honour."

Despite all this, Mr Kidney said he was not going to stop being involved in the Port Lincoln community, and to help Mr and Mrs Newman reach their potential as leaders of the church.

"Our involvement with community football will continue, along with my role as SAPOL chaplain and my support in helping Tim and Jess in their new role," he said.

"My desire has been to say 'give it a go' and I'd rather seem them have a go than not have a go."

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