Senior Superintendent Murray Campbell will retire from the Fishermen’s Mission following a farewell service planned for him in August.
Mr Campbell, who has served with the fishermen’s charity for 24 years, said he would still be involved with the Mission in a lesser capacity.
Asked if the decision had been difficult to make, he said: “It’s been very rewarding in being involved with the fishermen, families and the community we live in.
“When you love your job as much as I do - helping people, is that a job? - yes.”
Murray Campbell joined the Fishermen’s Mission in 1988, having been involved with fishing all of his life, taking up posts throughout Britain.
“Every day brings it’s own blessing. Sometimes, when there’s nothing happening, it’s all happening.
“There’s no such thing as retirement in ministry,” he added.
Mr Campbell, who is the Chaplain at both Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, was also recently made an honorary member of the Central Buchan Rotary Club, saying that it was an honour.
Asked what he would do with his time following retirement, Mr Campbell joked: “People keep asking me what I’m going to be doing with my time. Well, my wife wants me to do a PHD. A polish, hoover and dust.
“I’ve had a full life. When people acknowledge you as the Mission man, it’s just great. Being called to serve, to be God’s salesman, nothing can compare.
“I have three children, eight grandchildren, and I just want to enjoy life with my wife.”