After 27 years, Peter Amos has decided to retire and step down from his role as Club Chaplain.
A much-loved member of the Barnsley Football Club family, Peter originally arrived in South Yorkshire as the minister at Ward Green Methodist Church before joining the Reds in 1995.
He would visit every Thursday, completing his rounds of every staff member at the stadium to discuss their wellbeing or to talk about sport in general.
Genuine, funny and caring, Peter showed compassion to all through tough times and offered guidance to those who needed it, whether in person or over the phone.
Outside of football, he is a keen athlete and has undertaken several sporting challenges – including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for an ME charity in 2012 – whilst also playing football at amateur level until the age of 45.
In 1997, he prayed for automatic promotion and the Reds were granted that divine intervention as Danny Wilson – a guest in the Legends Suite for our fixture against Forest Green Rovers this weekend (Peter's final match before retirement) – guided his side to the Premier League.
Peter bid an emotional farewell to staff on Thursday morning, and introduced his successor, Zac Zacharia, who will be taking over the mantle.
Everyone at Oakwell would like to wish Peter the very best in his retirement and look forward to seeing him at Reds games in the future.
We’re hoping he will be a regular attendee after he was presented with a season ticket for life by Barnsley FC Chief Executive Officer, Khaled El-Ahmad.
Moving forward, we plan to interview our new Club Chaplain in the coming weeks, once he's settled into enormous shoes.
A warm welcome to the family, Zac. We’re all looking forward to getting to know you over the coming years.