Belfast Telegraph

Church leader's prayers for Paisley

The next moderator of the Presbyterian Church has expressed his best wishes for the Rev Ian Paisley and his family.

As Lord Bannside remains seriously ill in hospital the Rev Roy Patton said his thoughts were with the former Free Presbyterian leader.

"We have had our differences in the past but it would be inappropriate to dwell on those differences at the present time but rather recognise the qualities that Dr Paisley has brought to his ministry, his faith, his pastoral word and his desire to serve in the ways in which we all seek to serve," he said.

"We want to convey to Dr Paisley and to Baroness Paisley and to the family our support and our prayers."

The former Assembly first minister set up the Free Presbyterian Church in 1951 after a split with the main Presbyterian Church.

Free Presbyterianism was established after a conflict between some members of a congregation in Crossgar, Co Down, and the Presbyterian church over the use of a church hall.

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