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Rt Rev David Bruce: 'The world is a broken and bruising place... the pastor's task is to let the wounded see the love of God in the midst of the mess'

In conversation with Rt Rev David Bruce

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Prestigious post: Rt Rev David Bruce is the new Presbyterian Moderator

Prestigious post: Rt Rev David Bruce is the new Presbyterian Moderator

Prestigious post: Rt Rev David Bruce is the new Presbyterian Moderator

Rt Rev David Bruce (62) was installed this week as the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He has been married to Zoe for 35 years and they have four grown-up children, James, Anna, Harry and Ellen; a granddaughter, Marlow (21 months); and a new grandson, Malek (born May 26).

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I am 62 and I was born in Banbridge, Co Down, where my parents were both medical doctors. I'm the youngest of three children and the only member of the family not to have pursued some kind of medical career. I have been married for 35 years to Zoe, who was a school teacher. We have four adult children, all living in Northern Ireland, James, Anna, Harry and Ellen. We have one granddaughter, Marlow, aged 21 months, and a new grandson, Malek, who was born on May 26 and is a brother for Marlow. His birth was a great joy for all of us.