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The Rev. Kent Litchfield, pastor of Holy Apostles (Anglican) Church is retiring from parish ministry at the end of the year. A priest in the church since 1987, he served in California and in Kentucky after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984. He was rector of Christ Church in Elizabethtown from September 1988 until June 2005. While there, he grew the congregation from 75 parishioners to more than 300. He initiated a ministry for those suffering from AIDS and designed programs to assist young people who had suicidal inclinations. He was president of Save-A-Teen during the early ‘90s. During Operation Desert Storm, he was instrumental in developing a ministry for spouses and families of those deployed. Father Litchfield was given the BIG E award by the Chamber of Commerce as a result.
He said that due to a deteriorating theological and moral situation within the church, exemplified by the consecration of a practicing homosexual bishop in New Hampshire and the blessing of same sex couples, he retired from Christ Church, and, with the oversight of Bishop Frank Lyons from the Diocese of Bolivia, he began Holy Apostles Anglican Church, remaining true to holy scriptures and honoring the traditions of the ancient church. The congregation now meets in their new facilities on Public Square in Elizabethtown. That church is part of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit and the Anglican Church in North America.
Father Litchfield has been involved in the community over the past 22 years and will continue to minister as a chaplain at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He has been a past president of the Elizabethtown Ministerial Association. He is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.