Pastor Richard Garnham pictured with
his wife Elaine and son Ryan at his
Service of Induction in Moira
Baptist Church on Friday 12th
Pastor Richard Garnham, previously
Pastor of Carr Baptist Church (near Carryduff) was inducted
as the new Pastor of Moira Baptist Church at a Service of
Induction on Friday 12th September. He succeeds Pastor David
McFarland, who was inducted when the present church
sanctuary was opened in October 1995 and stood down in
December 2003 due to ill health.
Church elder Mr Maynard Mawhinney led the service and
welcomed the new Pastor and his family, visitors and guests,
which included Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson and
Councillor Ronnie Crawford (Lisburn Mayor) and Mrs Jean
Crawford (Mayoress). Mr Mawhinney assisted by elders Mr
Peter Smyth and Mr Adrian Patterson conducted the act of
Induction and Mr Andy Lilburn led prayers for the new pastor
and the people.
In response to his induction and welcome, Pastor Garnham
spoke of his step of faith on his adventure with God.
Referring to God the divine potter, he recalled his
Christian upbringing under parents that walked the talk; he
also gave thanks for Sunday school teachers and youth
leaders that helped mould his life. �God has still lots to
teach me�, he said. Referring to the ministry of his
predecessors Pastor Jonathan Watson and Pastor David
McFarland, he recalled how the church has grown and how he
is now placed to be part of the church�s history and how
that with God�s help he can reap what they have sown. He
also paid thanks to the leadership given during the 6-year
vacancy at Moira and went on to thank all who organised and
took part in this memorable service. Pastor Garnham
concluded by saying that he counts it a privilege to be
invited to be the pastor of this church and speaking of the
�work in progress� he said that Moira would march on -
because God is at work.
L to R: Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey
Donaldson, Pastor David McFarland (1995- 2003),
Pastor Richard Garnham, Rev Canon Roderic West
and Councillor Ronnie Crawford (Lisburn Mayor).
L to R (back row) Councillor
Ronnie Crawford (Lisburn Mayor), Mrs Jean
Crawford (Mayoress), Dr Sam Gordon (Guest
Preacher) and elders Mr Andy Lilburn, Mr Peter
Smyth, Mr Maynard Mawhinney and Mr Adrian
In his address Dr Sam Gordon charged the new pastor to
preach the word and be a faithful and fruitful ambassador of
the King of Kings. He also emphasised the need to be a
humble servant ensuring that the spotlight is on Jesus
Christ. In his charge to the congregation, Dr Gordon said,
�stand by your man - pray for him and his family as together
you serve the Lord�.
Greetings were brought by the Rev Howard Gilpin, minister of
Moira Presbyterian Church on behalf of local churches; Mr
Billy Colville, Secretary of the Association of Baptist
Churches in Ireland; and Mr Victor Scott, Carr Baptist
Pastor Richard Garnham is
welcomed by local clergy Rev Canon Roderic West
(St John�s Parish) and the Rev Howard Gilpin
Pastor Richard Garnham pictured
with his mother Sylvia, wife Elaine and son Ryan
(right) and L to R: (back row) Brother Rodney
and sister-in-law Jacqueline Garnham; sister
Karen McComb; and nephew Joshua and niece Leah.
Pastor Richard Garnham pictured
with his wife Elaine and Elaine�s mother Francis
and father David (right). Also included are L to
R: (back) Elaine�s Brother-in-law Keith and
sister Karen Lindsay, son Ryan and her nephews
Jonathan and Matthew Lindsay.
David McCavery and the Moira Praise
Group led the praise, the hymns included, �Jesus is King�,
�Power of the cross� and �Give me a faith�. The soloists
were Alison Smyth and Craig Skene.
Following the service a delightful supper was served
providing the opportunity for members of the congregation to
meet their new pastor and his family.
Ballynahinch man, Mr Garnham, is the son of the late Station
Officer Reggie Garnham who was killed on duty on the 16th
January 1984. Pastor at Carr Baptist since August 1999, he
is married to Elaine and they have a 10-year-old son Ryan.
Mr Garnham commenced his ministry at Moira last Sunday
morning (14th September) when the subject for his address
was aptly entitled, �Forward with God�.