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Popular Instagram priest wants to use influence for the Gospel

Rev Chris Lee, vicar at St Saviour's church in west London has been compared to the "hot priest" in the TV programme Fleabag as Marie Claire featured a number of so-called "hot priests" and their growing social media following.

Rev Lee has over 100,000 followers on his Instagram account, on which he shares regular posts of family snaps, but also "60-second sermons" and faith-based posts.

Rev Lee told Premier being labelled as an "influencer" is an "interesting one - I try to obviously influence people for good. So, in that way, yes, I would see that I have a responsibility or I have the opportunity, the platform in which to engage with people.

On the message of faith, the message of hope, a message on what can be seen as sometimes a superficial platform and tell people, 'you're loved, your value bought exists. So that's how I try and talk to people online and influence them for good rather than for kind of some kind of vain pursuit that social media can sometimes be useful."

He told Premier how he felt being described as a "hot priest": "Well, at first it was a bit weird, it's a bit embarrassing but I think it's not a stretch to think why people are looking at a young priests and comparing them to young priests. I think it's an easy comparison, but it was weird and strange."

As the vicar's social media reach continues to grow, Rev Lee told Premier he aims to keep his social media posts "accessible, personal, powerful and loving".

Rev Lee says there is a "growing hunger amongst the young" for greater depth and to explore faith and engaging with people through social people is a great way to encourage that, saying it "is a platform in which that can happen," he said.

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