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Church Record June 2021

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

BALLYGONEY: Bruce Johnston
BALLYCARRY: Robert Alexander Cowan
CASTLEBLAYNEY, FIRST: William Windrum
CLOGHERNEY: David McClure
DRUMLOUGH: Jim Shannon
DUNGANNON: John Bleakley
EDENDERRY: Robert Thomas Caldwell
HILLHALL: Joseph Hall Lockhart
MAGHERAFELT, FIRST: Dr Kenneth Watson (Emeritus)
MAGUIRESBRIDGE: William John Coulter
MARKETHILL, FIRST & SECOND: Walter Scott
MOLESWORTH: Wilfred Loghrin, Robert Stewart
MOUNTJOY: W. Alan Rennie
NEWCASTLE: Robert James Annett
TRINITY, BAILIEBOROUGH: Bert Coote
SESKINORE: William McCrea

Ordained and Installed:

BLOOMFIELD: David Bell, Kenny Chambers, James Cousley, James Gordon, Sharon Groves, Mark Harbinson, Peter Huey, Colin Maguire, James McClure
CLOGHER: Brian Fegan, Adrian Gervais
GARDENMORE: Harry Allen, Eric Cameron, Peter Logan, Alan Ward

Installed:

BLOOMFIELD: Michael Stoneman

THE MINISTRY
Resigned:

John Montgomery as Minister of Moneymore, First and Second on 21 March 2021

Installed:

Brian Colvin as Minister of Ryans (linked with Newry, Downshire Road) on 25 April 2021

Retired:

J. Stafford Carson as Principal, Union Theological College on 31 December 2020
Molly Deatherage as Minister of Ballina, Killala & Ballymote on 30 April 2021

Died:

Rev Alan Martin, Minister Emeritus of Abbey, Dublin, on 21 March 2021

 


 

Church Record February 2021

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

BUSHMILLS: James McMullan (Emeritus), Robert McIvor
CASTLEDERG, SECOND: Andrew Allen (Emeritus), David Charles Vaughan
EBRINGTON: John Tosh (Emeritus)
RAILWAY STREET: Myrtle Henderson
FIRST PORTGLENONE: Robert Gordon
HARRYVILLE, BALLYMENA: Stewart Davison, James Anderson

Ordained and Installed:

CLOGHER: Brian Fegan, Adrian Gervais
IRVINESTOWN:  Robert Pearson, Laurence Smith, Linda Wray
PETTIGO: Irene Coulter, Alan Moore, Trevor Noble, Thomas Read
GLENHOY: James Ferguson, Alan McIlroy
EBRINGTON: Frances Anderson, Colin Colhoun, David Baxter

THE MINISTRY
Resigned:

Christoph Ebbinghaus as Minister of Kirkpatrick Memorial on 4 January 2021
John Hanson as Minister or Dromore and Drumquin on 5 January 2021
Jonathan Moxen as Minister of Greystone Road, Antrim on 6 January 2021
Mark Russell as Minister of Leckpatrick and Donagheady on 6 January 2021

Ordained and Inducted:

Philip Poots as Minister of Carndonagh, Greenbank, Malin & Moville on 5 January 2021

Installed:

Christoph Ebbinghaus as Minister of Bangor, Hamilton Road on 5 January 2021
John Hanson as Minister of Clones, Ballyhobridge, Newbliss and Stonebridge on 6 January 2021
Jonathan Moxen as Minister of Ballyclare on 7 January 2021
Mark Russell as Minister of Ballycarry on 7 January 2021

Retired:

John Dickinson as Minister of Carnmoney on 31December 2020
Janice Browne as Minister of Donaghadee, First on 31January 2021
Very Rev Dr J. Stafford Carson as Principal of Union Theological College on 31 December 2020

Died:

Rev W.J. Roy Robinson, Minister Emeritus of McQuiston Memorial on 16 December 2020
Rev Adrian Adger, Minister of Clough and Seaforde on 13 January 2021
Rev Thomas Veitch (Tom) Mawhinney, Minister Emeritus of Limavady, Second and Myroe on 17 January 2021
Very Rev Dr David McGaughey, Minister Emeritus of Mourne on 2 February 2021
Rev William Peden, Minister Emeritus of Megain Memorial on 2 February 2021

 


 

Church Record December 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

CULNADY: Robert Kyle
GILLYGOOLEY: William Alexander King
BALLINA: George Petrie
BAILIEBOROUGH, TRINITY: Thomas Williamson
CASTLEBLAYNEY, FIRST: Lexi Oliver, Bertie Adair
KELLS (CO MEATH): Alan McCartney, Matilda (Tillie) White
MONAGHAN, FIRST: Mervyn Jackson
KILMORE: James Charles (Jim) Nixon
DRUMREAGH: Cecil Cousley MBE
PORTADOWN FIRST: Arnold Sleator
BELFAST, ROSEMARY: Kathleen Gill
BELFAST, IMMANUEL: Ed Crawford
BELFAST, EGLINGTON: Roy Godden
BELFAST, WEST KIRK: Cecil Kane
BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD: Roy Purdy
WHITEABBEY: Eric Kildea
RATHCOOLE: Bill Boyd
WHITEHOUSE: Derek Hall
FOURTOWNS: Andrew Johnston
DRUMACHOSE: John Alexander (Jack) Rankin, William David McAuley 
LARGY: Forgrave Cochrane 
PORTSTEWART: Stanley Wallace
ANTRIM, FIRST: Bertie Strange 
HYDE PARK: Derek Robinson

Ordained and Installed:

WHITEABBEY: Caroline Chambers, Gareth Dalzell, Rodney Ferguson, Ann McClelland, Rosemary McNicol, Elaine Russell, Christine Swarbrick, Alan Taylor
BALLYSILLAN: Lorraine Anderson
MAIN STREET, GARVAGH: Stephen Dinsmore, Brian Farlow, Trevor Wright 
KILLAIG: Douglas Morrow, Kenneth McIntyre, Gary Watson 
KILREA, FIRST: Nigel Toye 
COLERAINE, FIRST: Liz Dowey, Jonathan Hamill, Norman Hamill, Carol McCaw 
MONEYDIG: Alan McAleese

Installed:

WHITEABBEY: Alan McCreedy, Sadie McCullough

THE MINISTRY
Resigned:

Andras Gilicze as Transferring Minister of Stormont on 22 November 2020
Stuart McCrea as Minister of Donemana on 24 November 2020
Andrew Watson as Minister of Dunfanaghy and Carrigart on 12 December 2020

Ordained and Installed:

Richard Tregaskis, as Minister of Ramelton and Kilmacrennan on 26 November 2020

Installed:

Andras Gilicze as Minister of Carrowdore & Ballyfrenis and Ballyblack on 23 November 2020
Stuart McCrea as Minister of Holywood First, on 25 November 2020
Andrew Watson as Minister of Cairncastle on 13 December 2020

Retired:

Roy Mackay as Minister of Comber, Second on 30 November 2020

Licensed:

John McCracken by the Presbytery of North Belfast on 27 September 2020
Philip Boyd by the Presbytery of East Belfast on 30 September 2020
Richard Hill, by the Presbytery of Iveagh on 9 October 2020
James O’Neill by the Presbytery of Coleraine and Limavady on 4 November 2020

Died:

David Bailie, Minister Emeritus, Bangor West on 13 November 2020

 


 

Church Record November 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

DOUGLAS: Roy McElrea
HILLSBOROUGH: Hilary Jess
BUSHMILLS: Mrs Kathleen Richmond
BALLYMENA, HARRYVILLE: David Millar
BALLYMENA, WELLINGTON: Thomas McAuley
BELMONT: Robert Watts, Ned Dyers, Carrie Barkley, Noel Nesbitt, Robin Kinkead
WESTBOURNE: Minnie Tinney

THE MINISTRY
Retired:

James Campbell from Newtowards, First on 31st October 2020

Resigned:

Matthew Simpson from Claggan & Orritor on 2nd October 2020
Lesley-Ann Wilson from Ballcrochan, Bangor on 31st October

Died:

Frank Russell, Minister Emeritus of Castlerock on 19th October 2020
Norman Duncan, Missionary (Retired) on 24th October 2020

 


 

Church Record October 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

BALLYMONEY, FIRST: Dr John E Johnston
OMAGH, FIRST: Clarke Campbell
DOUGLAS: Roy Kee
NEWMILLS, IVEAGH: William Sergeant
NEWMILLS, TYRONE: Ernest Carroll
MOIRA: Bert Cooper
SAINTFIELD, FIRST: Norman Jackson
COMBER, FIRST: Robin Shields
COMBER, SECOND: Robert William (Bert) Harris
CAIRNCASTLE: Alan Campbell Tweed
LARNE, FIRST: Robert Johnston, Victor McDowell
WHITEHEAD: James Cecil Stewart, John Monteith
WEST CHURCH, BALLYMENA: Alec McKee
BALLYMENA, FIRST: Matthew Moore
BALLYLOUGHAN: Alan Crawford
BANBRIDGE, SCARVA STREET: Joseph (Joe) McComb
CLONDUFF: Walter Henning
GILFORD: William (Billy) Trimble
HILLTOWN: Alexander (Alex) McCauley
COOKSTOWN, FIRST: George Crooks
NEWTOWNBREDA: Stanley Cairns
WINDSOR: Angela Corkey, Herbie Harvey
FISHERWICK: Arthur Barton Young
McCRACKEN MEMORIAL:  Dame Ingrid Allen
BESSBROOK: Earl Smyth
MARKETHILL, FIRST & SECOND: Edwin McWilliams
NEWRY, FIRST: Jackie Chambers
BROUGHSHANE FIRST: Robert Millar

THE MINISTRY
Inducted:

Colin Jones as Chaplain to the Forces on 12th September 2020

Resigned:

Colin Jones as Minister of Regent Street, Newtownards on 11th September 2020
Peter Douglas as Minister of Toberkeigh on 30th September 2020

Died:

David Johnston, Minister Emeritus (Released) of 1st Newtownards on 4th September 2020
Robert Noel Agnew, Minister Emeritus of West Kirk, Belfast on 30th September 2020.

 


 

Church Record September 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

ST ANDREW’S, BELFAST: John Henry
GILNAHIRK: Ted Ross
PORTADOWN, FIRST: Tommie Abraham

THE MINISTRY
Inducted:

Zachary John Cole, as Lecturer in Biblical Studies on 20th August 2020.

Resigned:

Zachary John Cole as Moderator’s Assistant in Maze, on 31st July 2020.

Died:

William Warren Porter, Minister Emeritus (Released) of Moneydig on 2 August 2020.
James Briggs, Minister Emeritus of Scarva Street, Banbridge, on 7 August 2020.

 


 

Church Record July 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

CLONANEESE, UPPER: Mr Alexander Condy
COAGH: Mr Thomas Watson
COMBER, SECOND: Mrs Patricia McCracken
COOKSTOWN, MOLESWORTH: Mr Tom Scott
DUNGANNON: Mr Ronald Forbes
KELLS (Co Antrim): Mr William McDonald
SALTERSLAND: Mr Matthew Hyndman

THE MINISTRY
Ordained and Installed:

John Ussher Torrens, as Minister of Second Saintfield on 18 June 2020.

Installed:

Reuben Edward McCormick, as Minister of Glengormley on 17 June 2020.

Resigned:

Reuben Edward McCormick, as Minister of Ballysillan on 16 June 2020.
David Colin Millar – Released from his charge as Minister of Grange with Craigmore on grounds of medical incapacity on 30 June 2020.

Died:

Robert Gilbert Johnston, Minister Emeritus of First Saintfield, on 13 July 2020

 


 

Church Record June 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Died:

MAZE: Mr Andrew Logan
FIRST LURGAN: Mr Walter Cousins
NEWMILLS: Mr Joseph Chambers
BANNSIDE: Mrs Doreen Mayne
LOUGHBRICKLAND: Mr John Edward (Ian) Hawthorne

THE MINISTRY
Retired:

David Alexander Murphy from Cuningham Memorial, Cullybackey on 4th June 2020

 


 

Church Record May 2020

THE MINISTRY
Installed:

Michael John Oswald Currie to First Cookstown on 20 March 2020
Alan Thomas Frederick Johnston to Killinchy on 27 March 2020

Resigned:

John Alexander Peacock, as Minister without Charge on 4 February 2020
David Alexander Edgar, as Minister without Charge (Retired) on 4 February 2020
Kenneth George Patterson, as Minister without Charge on 4 February 2020
Michael John Oswald Currie, as Minister of Churchtown on 19 March 2020
Alan Thomas Frederick Johnston, as Associate Minister of First Holywood on 26 March 2020

Retired:

William Hiram Higgins from First and Second Killyleagh on 31 March 2020
William George Cameron from Kirkcubbin and Glastry on 30 April 2020

Died:

John Mann, Minister Emeritus (Released) of Ballina, Killala and Ballymote on 4 April 2020
Charles Ivan McKnight, Minister without charge (Retired) on 6 April 2020
Desmond Shaw, Minister Emeritus (Released) of Edenderry and Seskinore on 10 April 2020
John McConnell Auld, Minister Emeritus on 28 April 2020
John Craig Teeney, Minister without Charge on 28 April 2020


Church Record April 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Ordained and Installed: 

BUSHMILLS: Doreen Armstrong, Hilary Taggart, Una Summers, Heather Howell, Ruth Lavery, Elizabeth Houston

Installed: 

BUSHMILLS: Martin Gracey, James Clarke

Died:

AHOGHILL, TRINITY: James Alexander Moore McCloy
BALLYMENA, HIGH KIRK: Douglas Gaston
CARNMONEY: Gordon Lynn
EGLINTON: Jack Moore

THE MINISTRY
Died: 

Rev Samuel Watson McClintock, Minister Emeritus of Kilbride, on 19 February 2020
Rev Joseph Buchanan Mooney, Minister Emeritus of Grange, on 28 February 2020


Church Record March 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Ordained and Installed: 

ARMAGH, FIRST: Melanie Houston, Florence Megaw
BAILIEBOROUGH, TRINITY: Andrew Clarke, Ronnie Coleman, Nigel Williamson
CLONTIBRET: Maynard Gray, Kyle McCreery
DOWNSHIRE: Stephen Colin Bell, Deborah Elizabeth Walker
ELMWOOD: Colin Campbell, Gareth Connolly, Mark Donnell, Helen Johnston, Ronald Nesbitt
LETTERKENNY, TRINITY: John Elliott
TARTARAGHAN: Leslie Brush, Neil Cornett, Stephen McCombe, Mark Wilson

Installed: 

DOWNSHIRE: Stephen Robert Cahoon

Died:

BALLYLOUGHAN: Joseph Black
BALLYMENA, WELLINGTON: Samuel McAfee
BANGOR, ST ANDREWS: Raymond Miskelly
BANGOR, TRINITY: David Harper, Helen Moreland, Raphael Sutter
BURT: Etta Glenn
CLONANEESE, UPPER: Douglas Condy
DERVOCK: William Peden
DUBLIN, ADELAIDE ROAD: Mary Carson
GREAT VICTORIA STREET: Ronnie Brown
GROOMSPORT: Iain Jamieson
ISLANDMAGEE, FIRST: Martha Hill
KILMOUNT: Victor McFadden
MAGHERAFELT, FIRST: Robin Brown
MONEYMORE, FIRST: Sam McKinney
NEWTOWNBREDA: John Gordon
PORTGLENONE, TOWNHILL: William Connolly
RALOO: William Weatherup

THE MINISTRY
Ordained and Installed: 

Alan David Burke, as Minister of Lissara on 24 January 2020.
Andrew James Downey, as Minister of Castlewellan and Leitrim on 1 February 2020.
James Samuel Maguire, as Minister of First Drumbanagher & Jerrettpass and Kingsmills on 31 January 2020.

Installed:

Michael Robert John Anderson, as Minister of Arklow on 11 January 2020.

Resigned:

Michael Robert John Anderson, as Minister of Fisherwick on 10 January 2020.

Retired:

John George Johnston, as Minister of Carnlough & Cushendall and Newtowncrommelin on 24 January 2020.
David Latimer, as Minister of First Derry and Monreagh on 31 January 2020.


Church Record February 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Ordained and Installed: 

BALLYCAIRN: Pamela McCarroll, Lucy Mulholland
BALLYLINNEY: Dorothy Magee, Amanda McGhee, Ashley Wasson, Libby Weatherup, Martin Wilson
CONNOR: Frew Johnston, Neil McCullough, David Murdoch
DRUMREAGH: David Lennox, Ronnie Marshall
RAPHOE & BALLINDRAIT: Margaret McKnight
PORTADOWN, FIRST: Brian Dawson, Gareth Greer, Kenneth Mawhinney, Nigel McClelland, Brian McGuire, Mark Neale

Died:

AHOGHILL, TRINITY: Eddie Neeson
BALLYWEANEY: Robert Agnew
BANGOR, TRINITY: John Barry Lightbody
BELLASIS: William Jameson
BUSHVALE: Walter McBride
COOKSTOWN, MOLESWORTH: Jim Black
DROMORE, FIRST: Cecil Gamble
GLASTRY: Leslie Dempster
KILFENNAN: May McCloskey
MAGHERMASON: Robert Lowry
McCRACKEN MEMORIAL: Robert Carson
MOUNTOY: Mervyn Porter
NEWTOWNARDS, STREAN: Samuel Alexander Steel
RASHARKIN: William John Black
ROSEYARDS: William Foster
STRANORLAR: Billy Whyte

THE MINISTRY
Ordained and Installed:

Robin Samuel Aicken, as Minister of St Andrews, Belfast on 10 January 2020
Andre Alves-Areias, as Minister of Mosside & Toberdoney on 9 November 2019
William John Cameron Brogan, as Minister of Glenarm & Cairnalbana on 10 January 2020
David Patrick Curran, as Minister of Cavanaleck & Aughentaine on 6 December 2019
Ross Kernohan, as Minister of Carlisle Road & Crossroads on 13 December 2019
Jonathan David McKane, as Minister of 1st Dromore on 29 November 2019
Robert Anthony Orr, as Minister of Seskinore and Edenderry on 29 November 2019

Installed:

Knox Anderson Jones, as Minister of Aghadowey & Crossgar on 13 December 2019

Resigned:

Knox Anderson Jones, as Minister of Waterside & Fahan on 12 December 2019

Retired:

Thomas William David Johnston, as Minister of Hamilton Road, Bangor on 17 November 2019


Church Record December 2019/January 2020

THE ELDERSHIP
Ordained and Installed: 

FAUGHANVALE: Grace Montgomery
PORTGLENONE, FIRST: Kyle Gilmour, Adrian Lowry, Billy McCaughern, Thomas McLeister

Died:

ANTRIM, FIRST: Eric Bownes, Bertie Strange
BALLYARNETT: William John Wilson
BALLYMENA, HARRYVILLE: John Getty
BALLYMENA, HIGH KIRK: William Gillen
CASTLEDERG, FIRST: William Lecky
DONOUGHMORE: James McKane
DUNDONALD: Robert Marshall, Bruce Robertson
DUNDONALD, CHRISTCHURCH: Trevor Evans
FITZROY: Stanley McDowell
GRANSHAW: John Young
HOLYWOOD, FIRST: Hugh Coulter
KILLEAD: William Rea
KILRAUGHTS, FIRST: Robert Richmond, William Moore
LIMERICK, CHRIST CHURCH: Beryl Forrester
STORMONT: Claire Falkiner, Joan Williams, Pat Kirkwood, Margaret Reid, Colin Douglas
TOWNSEND STREET: James O’Neill
WESTBOURNE: Maureen French

THE MINISTRY
Installed:

Gareth McFadden, as Minister of Kilbride on 8th November 2019

Resigned:

Victor Dobbin, as Minister without charge on 5th November 2019
Gareth McFadden, as Minister of Anahilt and Drumlough on 7th November 2019

Died:

Rev Brian Kennaway, Minister Emeritus of Crumlin, on 14th October 2019


Church Record November 2019

THE ELDERSHIP
Ordained and Installed: 

AHOGHILL, TRINITY: Richard Logan, Mick Mearns, Hubert Scullion, Richard Wright
ALT: Chester Roulston, Isobel Roulston
BALLYHENRY: Richard Ferguson, Gerald Pink
BROUGHSHANE, SECOND: Mark Beattie, Colville Elliot, Gordon Rea
FAUGHANVALE: Anne Hamilton, Graham Lamrock, Grace Montgomery, Ivan Morrison, Alison Simpson, Gordon Smith
MAGHERAMASON: Leslie Hamilton, Gareth Kirk
STORMONT: Frona Clarke, Brian Millar, Alison Wilson

Installed:

AHOGHILL, TRINITY: Robert James Bell, Samuel John Glass

Died:

ARMAGH, FIRST: John McKennell
BALLYARNETT: Robert John Clarke
BALLYMENA, FIRST: James Warnock
BELVOIR: Gilbert Anderson
CARRICKFERGUS, JOYMOUNT: Annetta Glenholme Mawhinney Smyth
CUMBER: Anna Kennedy 
CUMBER, UPPER: Robert Alexander Connell Christie
EDENGROVE: Stanley Rea
HARRYVILLE: Alfie Fullerton
KILFENNAN: Fred Arbuckle
LARNE, FIRST: Robert Baillie
MONAGHAN, FIRST: Harry Graham
RAMELTON: Ivan Grier
RASHARKIN: William John Logan

THE MINISTRY
Installed: 

Stephen William Hibbert, as Minister of Glendermott, on 20 September 2019

Resigned:

Stephen William Hibbert, as Minister of Gilford and Tullylish, on 19 September 2019
Thomas Neil Bingham – Released from his charge as Minister of Raloo and Magheramorne on grounds of medical incapacity on 30 September 2019

Retired:

Terence John Laverty, as Minister of Portstewart, on 30 September 2019
Jacob Maurice Wade, as Minister of Portavogie, on 30 September 2019

Died:

Rev Dr John Lappin, Minister Emeritus of Carndonagh & Malin, on 1 October 2019
Rev Douglas Armstrong, Minister Emeritus of Greenisland, on 5 October 2019

 

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