Convener of the Vacancy – Very Rev. Principal J. Stafford Carson
Stafford Carson studied at the University of Ulster, (BSc and MA) Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, USA, (MAR) and Queen’s University, Belfast (MTh). He began his career as a teacher in Ballymena Technical College before pursuing theological studies and being ordained by the Presbytery of Templepatrick as Assistant Minister in High Street congregation in Antrim. He served as minister of Kells and Eskylane Presbyterian Churches (1984-91), and Carnmoney Presbyterian Church (1991-2000) before becoming Executive Vice-President at Westminster Theological Seminary (2000-05). He returned to Northern Ireland to become minister of First Presbyterian Church, Portadown (2005-2013) before being appointed as Executive Principal at Union Theological College. In 2009, Rev Carson was Moderator of the General Assembly and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Presbyterian Theological Faculty, Ireland.
Community Pastor – Neil Harrison
I am married to Suzanne and we have two very energetic and beautiful children – Henry & Maisie. Spending time with family and friends is one of the great joys in my life. Beyond that my great loves are food, gadgets, watching the Green & White Army and (very occasionally) snow-boarding!
I grew up in Waringstown and wholeheartedly believe it is a wonderful place to live!
As Community Pastor for WPC I hope to help our church connect better with the local community in a range of ways. It is our vision to ‘offer hope to our community’ and in doing this we seek to point people to the good news of Jesus Christ so they might find the ‘life in all its fullness’ that he promises.
Neil believes that spending time with family is one of the great joys of life. As Community Pastor, Neil strives to help the church connect better with the local community.
Children’s and Family Worker – Suzie Taylor
I am Suzie Taylor and I am the Children’s and Family worker. I served last year as a youth and children’s intern but I am now working part time at the church, helping to serve families and children in Waringstown. I studied Early Childhood at Stranmillis University College for 3 years, during which I gained lots of experience on how best to engage kids in learning and how their brains and minds work! I hope to use all the skills and knowledge gained to influence the children’s ministry in WPC.
Within my role, I will be involved in Pathfinders and Discovers (WPC’s Sunday School programmes, held during the Sunday services), Messy Church, Little Lambs, Friday Fun Club and GirlsGroup. I also hope to work closely with the primary school to reach out into the community and ensure every child hears about the love of Jesus. My title is Children’s and Family Worker because I believe family is so important to the child. For most children it is their family who they spend most of their time with, therefore parents have a major influence on the development of the child especially their spiritual growth. As a church we want to help parents by equipping them and training them so they can achieve this and grow in faith as a family.
I love working with children, I love getting to know them and sharing Jesus with them. Each one of them is so precious and so important and I want to make sure they know that! So often in our society our children are overlooked, we refer to them as the next or future generation but actually they are present now, so we need to treat them like that. They are capable of understanding Jesus now and living their life wholeheartedly for Him now…that’s so exciting!!
Suzie Taylor is the Children's and Family Worker in WPC. She has a passion for seeing children and families grow in their faith and come to know Jesus as their Saviour.
Administrative Coordinator – Pamela Forbes
My role in the church is to provide back of house support to the various aspects of the church’s ministry. My principal duties involve managing the database which holds all the contact information for the congregation, producing rotas and fliers and of course the weekly order of service and announcements. There is also a myriad of other jobs, but suffice it to say my working days are always packed and varied.
I’m married to Nevin and we have two children, Rebekah and John who both attend Bocombra Primary School. As a family we enjoy camping, cycling, reading, arts & crafts and anything that involves us being together!
I am Captain of Hillsborough Presbyterian Girls’ Brigade where I have been a member since I was 3 years and am currently in my 21st year as an officer and 15th as Captain. I love GB and enjoy bringing the message of the gospel to girls of all ages. Anyone that knows me would say I love to be obsessively organised and in control – if I had a motto it would be: A place for everything and everything in its place.
I am excited to have taken up this role in WPC and look forward to working closely with all the members and departments in the future. This is my first time back working outside my home in 9 years so whilst the new routine has taken a bit of getting used to I am certain I am doing so in the will of God and I am both excited and challenged by the plans He has for me in this role. The church office door is always open and everyone is welcome.
Church Caretaker – Trevor O’Donnell
My job is to ensure that the Church buildings are set up and ready for all of the activities that take place each week in the life of our Church.