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 Rev Liz Hughes is among nominations for Moderator post

Rev Liz Hughes is among nominations for Moderator post

Rev Liz Hughes is among nominations for Moderator post

Presbyterians across Ireland will find out tomorrow if they will be led by a woman for the first time.

The four candidates to succeed the Rt Rev Dr Michael Barry as Moderator on June 1 include Rev Liz Hughes from Whitehouse.

She was a runner-up last year, tied with Rev Ian McNie from Ballymoney.

The other candidates are Rev Robert Bell, minister of Ballyclare Presbyterian Church, and Rev Frank Sellar of Bloomfield.

Rev Hughes was the first woman in the history of the Presbyterian Church to be runner-up for Moderator.

Observers are wondering if the Church will finally elect a female Moderator this year, at a time when the Anglicans have recently installed their first woman Bishop.

The Church of Ireland appointed its first women Bishop Pat Storey last year, and the Methodist Church elected Rev Dr Heather Morris as its first female President in 2012.

The result of the Presbyterian election should be known by tomorrow evening.

Belfast Telegraph