Belfast Telegraph

We bring a message of hope from Jesus, says pastor

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

The Green Pastures church is currently based in Galgorm, just outside Ballymena.

It was formed in 2007 by Pastor Jeff Wright, a member of the family which owns Wrightbus, one of Northern Ireland's most successful businesses.

The church is said to have a congregation of around 900 people. A new church planned for the Ballee site will have a capacity for more than 3,000 people.

Around 66 acres of the site are earmarked for residential development, breaking down as 214 supporting housing units, 61 social housing units, 56 private houses and 100 student dwellings.

The work has received the backing of North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley jnr.

At the unveiling of the plans for the site last October, Mr Paisley said: "This will be one of the areas largest investment and regeneration projects redeveloping land, creating employment and opening up a strategic area of the locality.

"Hundreds of people could find employment through such a social enterprise and this rebuilds a society and creates more opportunity.

"I am very encouraged by what they have identified and I look forward to seeing the project develop over the years ahead."

At that launch Mr Wright said the sale of their current church building and land to the neighbouring Wright Group had aided the purchase of the land at Ballee and would facilitate expansion of the renowned bus-building company.

"Green Pastures want to help with the feelings of hardship and pain of so many people in our towns and villages. We want to bring a message of faith and hope from Jesus Christ," he said.

"Our church members are committed to volunteering and, as a result, we invest hundreds of volunteer hours per week in projects and programmes developed by Green Pastures and our partners."

A statement on the website of the Green Pastures church said it is engaging with the community "at every level" on the project.

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