Fr John joined St Mary's in August 2004, swapping roles with Fr Peter who replaced him in Dover.
During his time in Crayford he achieved many things, most notably the re-opening of the social club to strengthen the community life of the parish.
The later years of his appointment were beset by a lengthy period of poor health which ultimately led to his retirement as a parish priest.
The parish newsletter on his final weekend contained a heartfelt thank-you letter to all the parishioners. In it he reflected on his life so far and the places he's served as a priest.