New moderator is appointed
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
REV Mark Wilson, Minister of Cremore, Fourtowns and Poyntzpass Presbyterian Churches, has been elected Moderator of the Presbytery of Newry at the Presbytery's annual business meeting.
The Presbytery of Newry, one of 19 across the island of Ireland, stretches north-south from Poyntzpass to Warrenpoint and east-west from Annalong to near Castleblayney.
It consists of 25 congregations located in Armagh, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne and Monaghan council areas ministering to a membership community of almost 9,000 individuals.
The Moderator is 'first among equals', he chairs monthly meetings of Presbytery, is an ex-officio member of its committees and represents the Presbytery on formal occasions.
Rev Wilson is married to veterinary surgeon Lara and the couple have four children. He was for a number of years the assistant minister at The Mall Presbyterian Church in Armagh.
The 46-year-old is a recognised teacher in Church History at the Queen's University of Belfast and a part-time lecturer at Union Theological College in Belfast. In his leisure time he follows his interest in 20th Century Irish history and plays the five-string banjo.
Speaking after his election, Rev. Wilson said: "I count it as a very great distinction to have been elected by my fellow elders. As Moderator of Presbytery I look forward to new opportunities to communicate Christ's gospel of salvation."
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