Pastor John Taylor
Pastor John Taylor and his wife Christine
Last Friday evening (12th January) Lisburn Baptist Church was
filled to capacity with over 400 members and friends for the
induction of their new pastor, John Taylor.
John Taylor, whose wife Christine was also present, said that
they looked forward to working with the church in the city of
Lisburn. Pastor Taylor grew up in Co. Tyrone and moves to
Lisburn after previous pastorates in Armagh, Kilrea and Lurgan.
He also served for a time with Slavic Gospel Association.
Pastor Geoffrey Ward, Portrush, a long-time friend of the new
pastor chaired the meeting. The act of induction was carried out
by Pastor Jim Smyth of Moira, and Pastor Alan Dundas of Kilkeel
Baptist had the Scripture Reading.
Greetings were brought on behalf of the Association of Baptist
Churches in Ireland by former Lisburn man, Harry Dowds. He is
currently pastor in Stonepark, Co Fermanagh. The pastor of
Emmanuel Church, Robert Murdock, spoke on behalf of other local
Baptist churches in the area.
Good wishes from Mourneview Baptist, Pastor Taylor's last
church, were brought by Mr Albert Gilpin, and the preacher for
the evening was Pastor Harold Chambers of Cookstown Baptist.
Participating at the Induction
Service in Lisburn Baptist Church last Friday 12th
January were L to R: Pastor Alan Dundas, Kilkeel;
Pastor Harry Dowds, President of the Association of
Baptist Churches; Mr Alastair Magill, Lisburn church
elder; Pastor Robert Murdock, Emmanuel Baptist
Lisburn; Mr Noel Spence, Lisburn church elder;
Pastor Geoffrey Ward, Portrush; Pastor Jim Smyth,
Moira; Mrs Christine and Pastor John Taylor; Mr
Albert Gilpin, Lurgan; Pastor Harold Chambers,
Cookstown; Stephen Aiken, Lisburn church elder.
He based his sermon on Colossians chapter 1, referring to the
Apostle Paul and showing that the job of a pastor is both divine
and demanding, with the responsibility to teach and to warn.
Local church elders contributed to the service, too. Alastair
Magill told about the history of calling Pastor Taylor to
Lisburn, a call which had a 100% endorsement at the special
members' meeting last October.
Noel Spence welcomed the new pastor and extended the right hand
of fellowship to him. Stephen Aiken closed the meeting in
Denver and Lynne Wilson rendered two duets during the service
and at its conclusion, everyone was treated to an excellent
supper by the ladies of Lisburn Baptist under the supervision of
David Spence. Everyone was treated to an excellent supper by the
ladies of Lisburn Baptist under the supervision of David Spence.
Pastor Taylor commenced a series of Sunday morning services
last week on the theme 'What is this thing called the
church'' Visitors are welcome to attend any of the services,
which are held on Sundays at 11.30am and 6.30pm, with the
mid-week Bible Study on Wednesdays at 8.00pm.
Lisburn Baptist Church was filled to
capacity with over 400 members and friends
for the induction of their new pastor, John
Taylor last Friday evening, 12th January