Fare thee well to the singing vicar of All Saints Anglican church

The All Saints parishioners prepare to farewell their beloved Reverends Catherine and Kesh Govan. Photo: Jewell Drury.

THE Port Stephens community will say “Fare thee well” to the singing vicar, Reverend Kesh Rico Govan and his family on Sunday, November 13 at 9.30 am.

In July 2014, All Saints Anglican Church Nelson Bay’s Reverend Govan, his wife Catherine and children, Joshua, Amelia, Beth and Madeline, moved from the UK in order to fulfil the Reverend’s calling and his commission as priest of the parish.

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In June 2021, Ms Catherine Govan was also ordained as minister and parish priest, and they have since worked passionately together as a husband and wife team.

A welcoming and refreshing addition to Mr Govan’s church services has always been his sense of humour, his singing talents, his compassion and his ability to make everyone feel welcome.

He has also moonlighted as a breakfast DJ on Wednesday mornings at Port Stephens 100.9 FM, worked with the Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network and the Nelson Bay Rotary Club and has loved serving the St Philips Christian College community through junior and middle school chapel services.

Over the last three years Reverend Catherine has been the leader of a team at Hope Cottage, an outreach ministry which receives donations from parishioners, businesses, schools, through supermarket donation bins, providing weekly assistance for those who are struggling.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support Hope Cottage has received and I am proud of how All Saints has always had a heart to help those in need,” Reverend Catherine said.

“I have loved the privilege of being there for the community, being able to comfort them during times of grief and celebrating with them in times of joy,” Reverend Kesh said.

The family will be moving north in the next few weeks, making their new home at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Coorparoo, QLD.

The Govan duo have left an indelible legacy on the Port Stephens community and Sunday is the last opportunity to thank them for their eight years of service.

Fare thee well Reverends.

By Jewell DRURY

The Reverends Catherine and Kesh Govan at All Saints Nelson Bay. Photo: Jewell Drury.

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