Our Minister



Andrew, Barbara, Bethany, Trevor and Brian.

Hi, sometimes people like some background on the minister so thanks for having a look at this section and hope you find it helpful. 

I was born of 5th July 1964 and grew up in the townland of “Bardahessiagh” two miles outside the village of Pomeroy in Co. Tyrone, 52 miles away from Rathfriland.

I came to a personal saving faith in Jesus Christ through the faithful teaching of a Sunday School teacher in my home congregation, Pomeroy Presbyterian Church. I was involved in my home church in various organisations and also served as an Elder.

I married Barbara McVeigh from Castlecaulfield on 4th May 1987 and we have been blessed with a family of three who have all become adults. Brian, Andrew and Bethany.

Being a farmer’s son meant I have always had a great interest in agriculture. After leaving school I attended Loughry Agricultural College and eventually found myself in sales working for Pfizer Animal Health in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the North West of England for almost 21 years.

My hobby was farming and I enjoyed varying degrees of success in trying to breed Ile de France sheep.

Believing that God was calling me to full time ministry I applied to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and was accepted in April 2009 as a student for the ministry.

I completed my Student Assistantship with Craigavon & Vinecash Presbyterian Churches under Rev. Bob Allely and graduated from Union Theological College in May 2011. I was then appointed as Assistant Minister to the Rev. Peter Gamble in The Mall Presbyterian Church, Armagh July 2011 to May 2013.

I was installed as the minister of First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church on Friday 10th May 2013.

As the minister of First Rathfriland I seek to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that is relevant to our everyday lives as well as pastorally supporting those under the care of this congregation.

Just like other Christians I am learning more about God, His will and His plan for my life, for my family and for this congregation. Just like many other people I am not perfect and can make mistakes and for that I value your forgiveness.

To assist me in my responsibilities I would greatly appreciate the prayerful support of the congregation as we look forward with excitement to see God at work amongst us and our community.


In the Lord's Service,