Belfast Telegraph

Church to install new Moderator at General Assembly

By Alf McCreary

The Presbyterian Church will install its new Moderator this evening at the opening night of its annual General Assembly in Church House, Belfast.

Dr Frank Sellar from Bloomfield Presbyterian Church in east Belfast was elected by 18 of the 19 Presbyteries across Ireland in February to succeed Dr Ian McNie from Ballymoney.

The Rev Sellar, who will be installed at the 177th General Assembly, said that he was humbled at the appointment.

"I am looking forward to my year as Moderator, especially as it coincides with the General Assembly's theme for 2016, which is A Community of Global Concern," he said.

"We are called to learn from and share with our brothers and sisters in the worldwide Church, participating with them in the urgent task of world evangelism."

The Rev Sellar has been minister of Bloomfield Presbyterian since 2007 and previously served as a minister in Dublin.

Around 1,000 clerical and lay delegates from the Church's 545 congregations from across Ireland will attend this year's General Assembly to consider and decide on issues concerning the Church itself and a wider range of social and political subjects.

The outgoing moderator said he was honoured to address an RUC GC service in Enniskillen yesterday as one of his final engagements. RUC GC Day, observed on the first Sunday in June each year, marks the service and sacrifice of the RUC family.

Rev McNie said: "On this last Sunday before I hand over the responsibilities of Moderator, I would like to say how much I value the opportunity and privilege of sharing in the annual RUC GC Service."

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