Pastors who founded Stour Valley Vineyard Church and Storehouse foodbank in Sudbury bid farewell after 14 years
The founders of a long-running community church and foodbank said it has been “one of the greatest privileges” to serve Sudbury, as they prepare to step down after 14 years.
Pastors Andrew and Emma Stewart-Darling will depart from Stour Valley Vineyard Church next month to work with humanitarian charity Open Doors UK.
Their successors, Joel and Kady Taylor, who arrive in Sudbury from San Jose in northern California, will take the reins after being commissioned this weekend.
Mr and Mrs Stewart-Darling set up the church in their living room, along with the Storehouse foodbank, in September 2007, following their move from Twickenham in London.
The couple later established the Vineyard Centre in Tudor Road in 2017, as a place for Sunday services and community groups.
“It has been one of the greatest privileges of our lives to plant this church here for our community,” said Mr Stewart-Darling.
“It has always been Emma’s and my intention to make it as easy as possible to explore faith and for people to able to find a church that accepts them as they are.”