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Presbyterian Church holds vote on next Moderator

By Alf McCreary

Presbyterians from all parts of Ireland will vote today for a new Moderator who will take office in June when Rt Reverend Dr Frank Sellar leaves office.

Members of the Church's 19 Presbyteries, covering 539 congregations and some 225,000 members from Bushmills, Co Antrim to Aghada in Co Cork, will choose from a list of four candidates.

They are the Reverend Brian Boyd of Kells and Eskylane, the Reverend Tony Davidson of First Armagh, the Reverend Charles McMullen of Bangor West and the Reverend Noble McNeely of First Holywood.

The Reverend Boyd, who has been minister of Kells and Eskylane since 1992, was ordained as assistant minister in High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena in 1986, and was installed two years later as minister of Culnady and Swatragh.

The Reverend Tony Davidson has been minister of First Armagh since 1994, and served earlier as assistant minister at Stormont, and was installed as minister of Christ Church, Limerick in 1986.

The Reverend Charles McMullen has been minister of West Church, Bangor since 1999. He was ordained as assistant minister in Harmony Hill, Lisburn in 1988, and was installed as minister in Legacurry in 1991.

The Reverend Noble McNeely has been minister of First Holywood since 1997. He was ordained as assistant minister in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church in Belfast in 1982, and was installed as minister of First Ballymoney in 1984. The result should be known later this evening.

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