Belfast Telegraph

Presbyterian Minister Reid leaves Tyrone post for personal reasons

By Allan Preston

The sudden resignation of a Presbyterian Minister in Co Tyrone has shocked his congregation, it has been reported.

Rev Barry Reid, of the Caledon and Minterburn Presbyterian Churches, announced his immediate resignation in early July "for personal reasons".

He had held the position for less than five years, having previously served as an Assistant Minister in Newcastle, Co Down.

It's understood the Presbytery in Armagh has installed a temporary minister, with plans to appoint a permanent post later this year.

Rev Reid graduated from Belfast Bible College in 2000, the same year he married his wife Ashley, with whom he has two children. In 2005, he furthered his religious training, graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia with a Master of Arts in religion.

Commenting on his sudden departure from his role, a spokesperson for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland stated: "I understand that the minister of Caledon and Minterburn Presbyterian Churches resigned at the start of July for personal reasons.

"The Armagh Presbytery has appointed one of its ministers to look after the congregations and will be giving further consideration to the matter, including putting more permanent arrangements in place when it meets in the autumn."

It is the second time in recent weeks the Presbyterian Church in Co Tyrone has suffered major upset.

In June, the Presbyterian Church in Co Tyrone suffered the sudden death of the Rev Roy Campbell of Clogher and Glenhoy Presbyterian Church, who died suddenly at the age of 47.

He is survived by his wife and their two young children, and his cause of death remains unknown.

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has more than 225,000 members with 539 congregations in 19 Presbyteries.

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