A pillar of the community in Longton and Preston has been recognised for his work.Advertisement
Ron Farrington, the senior pastor at Longton Community Church, has grown his congregation in the past two decades – against a backdrop of declining chuch-goling across the UK.
Mr Farrington was presented with the British Empire Medal for being an ‘inspiration’ in the way he has led the community church into social action.
He was given the medal by Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, following being recognised in the New Year Honours List.
Longton Community Church was founded in 1995 by Mr Farrington and since then has grown from a congregation of 30 to more than 400. He has also led the church to convert the former Halfords in Deepdale into a new church.
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The medal was presented in the church by Lord Shuttleworth in front of Mr Farrington’s family, friends and members of the congregation.
Lord Shuttleworth said: “It is a privilege and a pleasure to present this award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to someone who has made such a beneficial impact on his community.”
It rewards an achievement of contribution of a ‘hands-on’ service to the community within a geographical area.
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