It was an emotional day for Pastor Roy
Johnston, his wife Hilary and family when Roy preached his
farewell service in Lisburn City Elim last Sunday evening. In a
newsletter produced for the occasion, Pastor Norman Christie
wrote a glowing tribute for the dedicated service of Pastor Roy,
Hilary and family, stating that it was not just “farewell”, but
rather “cheerio”. He recalled that shortly after receiving
Pastor Roy as the new assistant minister in February 1994 that
it was not long until he was promoted to Associate Pastor,
having special responsibilities for children, youth and the
music and worship. He explained that his wife Hilary’s gifting
in this area shone through and brought them to the present point
of excellence. Pastor Christie writes that it was no surprise
that Pastor Roy became Elim Youth Director and spoke of the
gratification of acknowledging his elevated position as a valued
member of Elim’s Irish Leadership Team, with special
responsibility for the Powerbrokers. He concluded by praying
for God’s richest blessing upon the entire family as Roy takes
up the senior leadership of Beersbridge Road Elim Church.
After Pastor Roy Johnston’s emotional
farewell address on Sunday evening,
Pastor Norman Christie recalled some of the outstanding events
during their 12 harmonious years at Lisburn Elim, stating that
it had been a great joy to work together as a team. To the
members of Beersbridge Road Elim Pastor Christie said, “Spare a
thought and a prayer for us, for we have sent to you some of our
dearest treasures”. The church session joined in prayer with
the Senior Pastor as hands were laid upon Pastor Roy and Hilary,
committing them to God’s grace.
Roy’s Induction Service at Beersbridge Road
Elim will be held on Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm and
he will preach his first service as their new Pastor on Sunday 7th
May at 11.00am.
Pastor Roy Johnston pictured with his wife Hilary
and children, Cherith, Benjamin and little Annie on
his last day at Lisburn City Elim.
Pastor Roy Johnston and his wife Hilary pictured
on their last day at Lisburn City Elim with Pastor
Norman Christie and his wife Doreen.