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David Hamilton: The cell opened one day and I was no longer a terrorist... I was a Christian

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Evangelist David 'Packie' Hamilton

Evangelist David 'Packie' Hamilton

Evangelist David 'Packie' Hamilton

Evangelist David 'Packie' Hamilton is a former member of the UVF, who was sentenced to 12 years for arson and armed robbery, during which time he was converted to Christianity. He lives in Manchester and is married to Sharon. They have five children and nine grandchildren. He is the author of A Cause Worth Living For.

Q. Can you tell us something about yourself?

A. I was born in 1956 in a whitewashed cottage directly facing the chapel on the main road in Cookstown. I was the middle of five children born to Cecil (Skipper) and Christina Hamilton. At the age of eight, we moved to Rathcoole in Newtownabbey, because my father got a job in an abattoir.