A TRIBUTE to the work of the Rev Ian Jackson in inter-church relations was paid at a special service.
The thanksgiving service was held at St John's Parish Church, Newsome.
It was attended by Anglicans, Methodists and Baptists.
Mr Jackson, Vicar of Newsome and Armitage Bridge for the past 22 years and latterly Rector of the Emmanuel Team Ministry, leaves at the end of this month for a new post at Corfe Castle, Dorset.
Methodist superintendent minister the Rev Peter Hancock told a packed congregation: "We all feel a great sense of gratitude for Ian's ministry here.
"When the history of inter-church relationships is written, it will be seen that he has been at the forefront of some of his Anglican colleagues.
"Relationships with other denominations are far more advanced here than in some other parts of the country," said Mr Hancock.
The Rev David Kent, assistant priest, told Mr Jackson: "You came here as a youthful 28-year-old.
"You have contributed immeasurably to our parish life. You have touched the hearts and minds and souls of nearly every family in this parish.
"We are very sad to see you go. This area will be impoverished by your leaving."
Mr Jackson, who thanked his wife, Mary, and all who had helped in his work, was given a painting of Castle Hill.
He quipped: "We are changing things for another hill and another castle."