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'During the Covid-19 crisis, many people re-evaluated their life's priorities... as Churches, we have a responsibility to meet people with the hope and purpose of Jesus,' says Rev David Turtle

In conversation with Rev David Turtle

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Farming background: Rev David Turtle

Farming background: Rev David Turtle

Farming background: Rev David Turtle

Rev David Turtle is Superintendent of the Lisburn and Dromore Methodist circuit. He has been married to Pamela for 26 years and they have four children, Stephen, Amy, Sam and Ellie.

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I was born into a farming family near Stewartstown, Co Tyrone, the youngest of three children and the only boy. My father and mother both worked on the farm and through them I learned many values for life, but particularly those of commitment, persistence and respect for other people. I had a very happy childhood and, after studying agriculture at Queen's University, Belfast, I returned home and farmed in partnership with my father for the next 12 years.