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Seaside rock is new role for Andrew

PUBLISHED: 03:56 24 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

A one-time rock guitarist has taken over as the new chaplain with The Mission to Seafarers in Felixstowe.

Church Army Captain Andrew Payne - who was also an estate agent and evangelist, is living at the port with his wife Gemma and their four-year-old son Daniel.

A one-time rock guitarist has taken over as the new chaplain with The Mission to Seafarers in Felixstowe.

Church Army Captain Andrew Payne – who was also an estate agent and evangelist, is living at the port with his wife Gemma and their four-year-old son Daniel.

The 33-year-old is a member of the chaplaincy team at the ecumenical Felixstowe Seafarers' Centre.

He moved to East Anglia after three years as the area evangelist for the Diocese of London South Hillingdon deanery.

Born in Gillingham, Kent, and educated at Chatham Grammar School, Andrew worked as a sales negotiator for estate agents in the Medway Towns. He was volunteer parish assistant at his home church of St Mark's, Gillingham, before spending two years in America at a church in Fairfax, Virginia.

He gained a Diploma in Evangelism Studies from the University of Leeds at the Church Army Training College in Sheffield and took up his appointment in Hillingdon, Middlesex. He was commissioned and licensed as a Church Army officer in July 1998.

The Mission to Seafarers cares for the spiritual and practical needs of seafarers of all races and creeds in 300 ports worldwide.

Andrew said: "I just love meeting people from all over the world so being a Mission chaplain is a great opportunity to do that and minister to people from different backgrounds.

"I realise from living abroad how you can feel lonely and cut off, even though you may have people around you. On a ship you can be very lonely working with people from many countries and cultures. I want to reach out to seafarers and make them feel welcome."

Andrew's hobbies and interests include sport, music, drama, reading, philately and playing the guitar. He was once a member of a Christian rock band in Kent.

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