On Easter Day, John Langdon celebrated his 90th birthday in Ripon. However, he is no normal 90 year old settling down for the evening but making the difference to serve his local city during the late hours of the weekend. John has been a faithful City Pastor volunteer in Ripon since its launch in January 2009. Ripon City Pastors is a local expression and partner of the nationwide Christian Nightlife Initiatives which seeks to be on the streets and engaged in the night time economy weekly to serve the vulnerable and those in need of support.
Ripon City Pastor has received the support and praise, among them Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon. The MP met with John and other volunteers when he came out on a visit to the streets of the City as an observer last May.
Julian Smith MP last May said of the initiative:
‘I enjoyed joining the group, support their work of helping to keep Ripon safe and would encourage anyone who has time to volunteer to contact Claire Green who runs the group. There is even a midnight meal for volunteers!’.
Praising John's work in Ripon, Paul Blakey MBE the Founder of Streets Angels said:
“It is great that John is volunteering as a Ripon City Pastor at the age of 90! You are never too old to invest back into your local community and over the last 3 years John has put this into action. To work on a project that is on the streets in all weathers at very unsociable hours can be demanding on a person yet John knows that City Pastors are making the difference in Ripon and so commits to it. Well done John and Happy 90th Birthday!”