What's a Town Pastor

Who are Town Pastors?

  • 12 May 2016
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Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who bring a caring presence onto the streets of our towns through the late nights and early mornings of the Night Time Economy. Usually present on Friday and/or Saturday nights, they bring a positive influence on the streets providing help and support to vulnerable people. We currently operate in 10 towns in Suffolk: Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, SudburyWoodbridge & Leiston and also in Dereham, Norfolk.

Town Pastors in each town are a response from Christian churches to local needs in partnership with the main Town Pastors organisation which provides help with initial set-up, training and ongoing support as well as access to the Town Pastor brand. Each scheme works together with the agreement and support of it's specific local government and constabulary bodies. To find out about starting a Town Pastor scheme in your town please contact Town Pastors.

What IS a Town Pastor?

Town Pastors working in pairs, wearing bright distinctive jackets and headgear, are out on Friday & Saturday nights from 10pm until the early hours. They provide a positive influence in the town - backed by prayer.

As Christians, Town Pastors care, help, show concern, and assist people where appropriate.

Town Pastors are available to offer support to vulnerable people, help to defuse potentially-difficult situations, and work with other agencies via the Town Link Radio to promote safety.


If you would like to know more about each scheme or to find out about becoming a Town Pastor please contact your local scheme via their website:

IpswichBury St EdmundsFelixstoweHaverhillLowestoftNewmarketStowmarketSudburyWoodbridgeDereham

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