Having been chosen by ministers and elders from the church’s 19 presbyteries final evening, he’ll formally succeed the present Moderator, Proper Rev Dr David Bruce, as PCI’s principal public consultant at this summer time’s assembly.
A son and grandson ‘of the Manse’ – he was one in every of 4 nominees that the all-Eire denomination had to select from this 12 months, which historically elects its Moderator-Designate on the primary Tuesday in February.
Alongside Mr Kirkpatrick, this 12 months’s nominees have been Rev Dr Colin McClure, minister of First Larne Presbyterian Church, Rev Dr Trevor McCormick, minister of First Kilrea and Boveedy Presbyterian Church buildings and Rev Alastair McNeely, minister of Richhill Presbyterian Church.
Talking about his election, the 65-year-old North Coast minister stated, “I’m genuinely shocked by what has occurred, however very excited on the prospect of the story God goes to write down from June and the months that comply with.
“As I proceed to serve the Lord Jesus on this new function, I’m trying ahead to coming alongside our church buildings at this essential time, encouraging them as we transfer ahead from Covid.
“I additionally sit up for constructing good relationships wherever doable, honouring Jesus and representing our Church throughout the island and additional afield.”
Born in in Limavady, Mr Kirkpatrick was introduced up from the age of three in Ballymena.
A 3rd era Presbyterian minister – his father had been minister of Balteagh Presbyterian, close to Limavady, whereas his grandfather had additionally served in congregations in Counties Donegal, Tyrone and Antrim.
Mr Kirkpatrick has been minister of Portrush Presbyterian for practically 30 years, having served within the vacation city since 1993.
Previous to that, the previous pupil at Ballymena County Major Faculty and Coleraine Academical Establishment spent practically six years in Garryduff Presbyterian close to Ballymoney, his first congregation.
When Mr Kirkpatrick shouldn’t be within the pulpit, or visiting members of his congregation, he says that he enjoys strolling, studying, watching movies and listening to an eclectic mixture of music.
His extra energetic pursuits embrace a love of bike sport, motocross and motorbike racing. Since 1994, he has been Race Chaplain to the Motor Cycle Union of Eire.
He returned to Garryduff Presbyterian Church on three solemn events to steer the funeral companies for motorcyclists Joey Dunlop and his brother Robert in addition to Robert’s son William.
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