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How Presbyterian leader found romance at Assembly

By Staff Reporter

Romance rarely blossoms at the Presbyterian General Assembly, but the incoming Moderator is an exception.

The Rt Rev Dr Charles McMullen told the large audience at the opening night about meeting his wife Barbara at the Assembly nearly 30 years ago.

"Sitting in the General Assembly audience in 1990 as a recently ordained minister, when I probably ought to have been paying closer attention to reports and debates, I was suddenly captivated by the beautiful smile of a woman looking in my direction," he recalled.

"Barbara had recently returned from being a missionary in China teaching English, and was at the Assembly as Tear Fund's first youth worker.

"Romance blossomed for us shortly afterwards and we were married within the year."

He said that his best man, the Rev Trevor Gribben, who is now the Clerk of the General Assembly, drove the young couple to their wedding reception.

Dr McMullen said: "My long-suffering wife reminds me that I got into the front seat beside Trevor rather than in the back with her."

Dr McMullen joked: "Should romance stir for anyone else here at the General Assembly this week, there probably needs to be a section in the Presbyterian Church's rules about proper seating arrangements in wedding cars."

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