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Dromore Free Presbyterian Church
25th Anniversary








It is my privilege to be associated with the work here in Dromore particularly in this special anniversary year and it gives me the utmost pleasure to be involved in the compiling of this 25th Anniversary Booklet.

A special word of thanks is due to those who helped with this Anniversary Booklet. Mr Robert Skelton, a founding member of the congregation and Elder, has over the years gathered much of the information contained in 'the booklet. If it was not for his record many of the details of the development of the witness would have been lost in history. Thanks is due also to Mr David Scott, the Church Secretary, who has in recent years gathered and arranged the information in order. This has greatly assisted in production.

A word of thanks to my wife, Heather, for the many hours spent in typing the booklet. Appreciation also is due to Mrs Diane Haffey, Principal of Portadown Independent Christian School and member of the congregation, who took time to proof read the final draft.

Many others have helped in the completion of this brief history and to all we would express our thanks. Above all we would express our gratitude and praise to Almighty God for His gracious hand upon the work over the past 25 years.



Samuel Morse who was born in 1791 and died in 1872 is remembered for his invention of the Telegraph and the Morse Code which is named after him. Morse, who was a Christian devoted his work to the glory of God. He described his work as, `the work of God.' When the first official telegraph message was ready to be sent, amazed by what he had achieved with the help of the Lord, he chose for his message a text from Numbers Chapter 23 verse 23. The words transmitted were, "What hath God wrought!"

In reviewing the history of the work of God in Dromore I was reminded of those words in Numbers and felt they well describe our amazement at what God has accomplished in Dromore, therefore they stand as the Title of this History.

Join with us as we lift our Ebenezer unto the Lord and say, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."


JOHN DOUGLAS Clerk of PresbyteryI am pleased to write the foreword for this commemorative history.

As one who has watched the work grow from its earliest beginnings, when the numbers were small, until now when the congregation has flourished and a commodious new building stands on site, I am encouraged by what the Lord has done. The Lord has added to the Church and He has strengthened the hands of His people.

My own association with Dromore began with a Tent Mission I was asked to conduct long before any regular meetings were commenced under the Free Presbyterian banner. We started on the Barban Hill on 10th August 1969. That mission pointed the way to the other meetings which followed and through which the Church eventually came into existence.

Attendance was consistently at a high level throughout the mission and interest so maintained that the brethren suggested the meetings continue, for they could see already the promise of a new work. The tent meetings continued through five weeks in total as a result of that request. Special subjects were dealt with every week.

Now with 25 years behind them the congregation can lift their eyes to the future and press on to higher things.

I heartily offer the congratulations of Presbytery to them as this milestone in their history is attained.

May the Lord richly bless Rev. Ian Kenny, the office-bearers, members and friends in the Dromore congregation as they seek to carry the standard for the Lord on the Banbridge Road.

JOHN DOUGLAS Clerk of Presbytery



The town of Dromore

Dromore is located in the beautiful Lagan Valley just seven miles from Banbridge. In ancient times the name of the place was Drum-Mor which signifies, `a great ridge.' It alludes to the town's position as it is situated below a ridge shaped hill.

The town itself is steeped in history with many features from the past still in place such as: the Town Hall, the Cathedral, the Motte, the Castle, the Stocks and many other historical sites. King Billy was even known to have stopped off in the town on his way to the Boyne. A plaque has been erected on the Hillsborough Road by the local Council to mark the visit. The most familiar landmark to outsiders would be the seven-arched Viaduct. This viaduct was built to carry the Great Northern Railway line on its way to Banbridge and is visible from the main road passing Dromore.

In 1831 the town consisted of five principal streets, a square, 396 houses and two bridges crossing the River Lagan, one of which was called `Regent Bridge', built in 1811. This bridge carried all the north-south traffic until the 1970's. Due to the position of Dromore being on the main route from Belfast to Dublin, it profited in the past from through traffic. However, this has since diminished, with the road being upgraded and even more so today with the Al Dual Carriageway most traffic bypasses the town.

The history of the town shows it to have prospered with the textile and linen industry playing a major part. Farming was also a key factor in the development of the town. The weekly market proved to be a busy place with crowds coming for their provisions every Saturday. The stalls were laden down with all sorts of farm supplies, linen and cloth.

Statistics show that in 1881 the town had a population of 2491. In recent years though the face of the town has been changed radically with new housing developments springing up at every available site. This has caused the population to rise dramatically with more than three times that figure living in and around the town today. The influx of new residents and the good road network in the area have combined to make Dromore a very popular commuting town with easy access to Banbridge, Lisburn and even Belfast.

The growth and expansion of the town has provided a great mission field on our doorstep and while the church has known the Lord's blessing the need to reach out is ever before us.


The first ever trace of a Free Presbyterian witness in Dromore was a Gospel Mission conducted by Dr John Douglas who was then the minister of Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church. This Mission which lasted five weeks took place in a field on Barban Hill in August 1969. No doubt this mission was used to prepare the ground for what was to follow.

Some years later, in the month of May 1975, an outreach work commenced in the town under the auspices of Banbridge Free Presbyterian Church. This was the result of a very successful Gospel Mission conducted by Rev Fred Buick, who ministered in Banbridge at that time. As the mission closed the Lord burdened the heart of the local believers to continue the witness. Suitable premises were sought in which to hold the meetings and in answer to prayer the British Legion Hall in Princess Street was made available. It was to be the home of the fledgling congregation for some four years and three months. So on the Lord's Day 6th July 1975 at 3.30 pm the Free Presbyterian witness in Dromore was founded.

The afternoon meetings continued for a full year, along with the prayer meeting every Tuesday night. On 1st August 1976 the first real signs of progress became evident when the step was taken to conduct a morning and evening service. Also on this date the Presbytery placed a student minister, Mr Tim Donaghy into the work. Mr Donaghy remained as a Student Minister for a period of six months.

September again revealed signs of growth with a Sabbath School commencing. Then on 2nd July 1977 the work was further consolidated with it being constituted by the Presbytery as a Free Presbyterian Church. On the same occasion the Reverend Alan Smylie was placed in the church by the Presbytery as a student minister. Mr Smylie remained with the congregation for a year and nine months before accepting a call to be the minister of Coragarry Free Presbyterian Church in County Monaghan.

The work was now well established but a twofold need was evident, namely, more suitable premises for worship and for a man of God's choice to lead the work. The first answer to prayer came in the form of a piece of land becoming available during the Autumn of 1978. In the Providence of God this site was to become the location of the work for some fifteen years. Mr David Ferguson began clearing the site and preparing the way for the erection of a wooden structured building that became affectionately known as The Hut. ' To the delight and encouragement of God's people in Dromore the building was opened by the Moderator, Dr Paisley, on Saturday 22nd September 1979.

A Gospel Mission conducted by the Reverend William Whiteside, who was ministering in Kilkeel at the time, followed the opening of the hall. This proved for Mr Whiteside to be the beginning of a long association with the church in Dromore.

Dr. Paisley receiving the key from the builder Mr. David Ferguson to officially open the new building

The following are excerpts of a report by Harry McCandless which appeared in `The Star', a local newspaper.

Dromore was ablaze with evangelical fervour on Saturday afternoon when the new Banbridge Road Free Presbyterian Church was officially opened by the Moderator, Dr. Ian Paisley.

In a dynamic message to a packed congregation, Dr Paisley spoke of the opposition to the establishment of the church in Dromore and of how it had been faced and overcome, and in a thundering proclamation, greeted with a chorus of hallelujahs, he added, "We are here, and we are here to stay."

"We are opening in Dromore, not a bowling alley or a ping-pong centre, nor are we opening an entertainment centre. We are not here to entertain the goats we are here to feed the sheep and we are opening today a preaching house for the preaching of the Word of the Living God."


A debt of ?12,000 on the building, which had been announced, was swiftly reduced by an offering which amounted to ?3,046.

The chairman Rev Fred Greenfield, minister of the present church in Banbridge, said the Free Presbyterian Church did not depend on pea-soup suppers or daffodil teas for its financial support. They got it from the Lord's people "as God had prospered them," he said.

The new church building has seating for about 250 people but it is estimated that about 400 found accommodation for the historic opening which was the ambition of the 60 strong congregation since it was set up four years ago.

As was later explained by the chairman Mr Greenfield, the Dromore church had its roots in a mission conducted in 1975 by Rev Fred Buick. Afterwards services took place in the Royal British Legion Hall in Princess Street and they thanked God that the door was opened there for the preaching of the gospel until a building of the type they now had could be provided.

Mr Greenfield said plans to build a larger church on the site were already in the pipeline and they looked forward to this being achieved.

When Mr Paisley arrived at the door he was presented with a key with which to open the church by the builder, Mr David Ferguson, Dromore.

Turning the key Dr Paisley said: "It gives me great pleasure here this afternoon in the name of the true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and for the preaching of the Gospel, the defence of our evangelical and reformed heritage, and for the salvation of souls and for the defence of our Protestant Faith, to declare this building open for the preaching of God's precious Word."


As the small congregation was now more firmly rooted in the town the need for a pastor was increasing. Again God was pleased to meet the need. In June of 1980 the Presbytery of Ulster placed a local man in the pulpit in Dromore, the Reverend David Priestley. Originally from the surrounding Dromara hills Mr Priestley settled well into the work and indeed became the longest serving minister in the congregation to date. While initially placed as a student minister Mr Priestley was to spend over ten years labouring faithfully in the area.

During Reverend Priestley's time in Dromore much of the spade-work was done for the consolidating of the witness. No fewer than twelve Gospel missions were held in the town and surrounding district. Every Orange Hall that would grant permission was used as a meeting house from which the Word of God was faithfully proclaimed. If a hall could not be found a tent was erected in a field. The vision was evidently before God's people and evangelistic zeal revealed a compassion for the souls of men and women. The work was moving forward in the old fashioned way as souls were being saved.

With the constitution and growth of the work the need arose for the election of Ruling Elders. This election took place on Tuesday 11th May 1982 and as a result Mr Aubrey Malcomson, Mr Robert Skelton and Mr Irvine Dawson were elected. The ordination of the three Elders was held on Sunday 19th September. Dr Paisley was the preacher at the afternoon service which was packed to capacity.

Progress continued throughout 1983. In addition Mr Priestley, having completed his studies at the Whitefield College of the Bible, received a Call from the congregation to be their first ordained minister. The Ordination and Installation Service took place on 29th November 1983.

The following report and picture appeared in the Dromore Leader' on Thursday 8th December 1983 ?

Another milestone has been reached in the history and witness of Dromore Free Presbyterian Church with the ordination and installation of Mr David A. Priestley as its first minister, on Tuesday of last week.

Brought up on the family farm in the Dromara hills Mr Priestley is a married man with two children, Jonathan, aged four years and Ruth aged seven months. He has served in the congregation as student minister for the past three and a half years. Relatives, friends and well-wishers gathered from near and far to swell the numbers to upwards on four hundred people for this historic and impressive service.

Rev David Priestley with members of Dromore Free Presbyterian Church's Committee and Session. Seated (from left) : Mr Robert Skelton (Treasurer and member of Session), Mr Priestley, Mr Irvine Dawson (Clerk of Session), Mr. Aubrey Malcomson (Elder. Back row (from left) : Mr Robin (Committee), Mr Maurice Dawson (Committee) and Mr Oswald Ogle (Committee).

The Reverend Fred Greenfield the Senior minister of the church conducted the proceedings which opened with the singing of Psalm 103. The Reverend John Morrow of Ballynahinch led in the opening prayer. The Scriptures were read by Reverend Stanley Barnes, Hillsborough, and the ordination sermon was preached by the Reverend William McDermott, recently installed minister of Bangor Free Presbyterian Church. The prescribed questions to the minister elect were then put by the Acting Clerk of Presbytery, Rev Alex Chambers ? Mullaglass, followed by the subscription to the Westminister Confession of Faith, the ordination prayer, led by the Moderator, Dr Paisley and the laying on of hands by the Presbytery of Ulster. The Charge to the minister and congregation was then brought by Dr Ian Paisley who based his remarks of Isaiah 61v1-3 and Luke 4v16-22. He instructed the newly ordained minister to lay the emphasis upon preaching. He was by the power of the Spirit of God to preach deliverance to the captives. Dr Paisley went on to outline three great facts of the Gospel. Firstly, Ruin by the Fall, secondly, Redemption by the Blood and thirdly, Regeneration by the Holy Ghost. He concluded by charging the congregation to faithfully support their minister. Rev Priestley then gave a brief word of testimony, outlining how he was converted to Christ on 6th October 1969. He returned thanks to the Dromore congregation for placing their confidence and trust in him as a preacher of the Gospel and in issuing to him a unanimous Call to be their Pastor. Mr Priestley thanked all who had helped and encouraged him in his years of preparation; and in closing reiterated the words of the Apostle Paul, "Finally , brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified." Extending a warm welcome on behalf of the Dromore congregation, Mr Robert Skelton (member of Session) paid tribute to Mr Priestley's labours during his student ministry and assured him of their continued prayers in the days ahead. Mr Skelton then presented a gift to Rev Fred Greenfield on behalf of the Office Bearers and members of the congregation. A presentation was also made to Mrs Greenfield by Miss Audrey Malcomson. This memorable occasion was brought to a close in prayer by Rev. Michael Patrick, after which supper was served by the ladies of the congregation.

The work continued to progress steadily in the years that followed. In 1988 the church committee felt the time had come to consider erecting a permanent church building on the existing site. The owner of the ground beside the church, Mr Joe Thompson, was approached. He agreed to sell a further half an acre of ground and everything seemed on course for a new permanent building. In the Providence of God it was not to be. To the disappointment of everyone in the church the Planning Authorities turned down the application to build. The reason given was that the Education Board along with Banbridge District Council wanted to purchase all the ground in the vicinity including the church site. The following year an appeal was lodged against the decision of the Planning Authority and every attempt was made to have the original decision reversed. After two years of wrangling further disappointment was felt. It was a very trying time for everyone involved in the work. It was hard to see where God was leading, similar to the time when God refused David's good purpose and intention to build the Lord a house. Little did the congregation know the Lord had something far greater in store.


In March 1991, after eleven years of faithful service in Dromore, Rev. Priestley received a Call from Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church to be their minister. Having prayerfully sought the Lord on the matter Mr Priestley felt it was the will of God for him to accept the Call. Describing the move away from Dromore as "a wrench," the Priestley family began to say goodbye to the place they had bestowed so much labour.

A Farewell Service took place in Dromore on Tuesday 16th April and five days later Mr Priestley preached his farewell sermon to the congregation with which he had laboured so faithfully.

The following report appeared in the `Dromore Star' on 19th April 1991 ?

The congregation of Dromore Free Presbyterian Church has given tangible expression to the esteem in which their minister and his family have been held over the past eleven years. Rev. David Priestley has been called to Clogher Valley Church in Co. Tyrone where he will be installed next Thursday. On Tuesday evening he and Mrs Priestley and their three children were presented with tokens of esteem by the congregation and by those representing the various departments of the Church's work. Rev. William Whiteside, minister of the Banbridge Church, (who will be Interim Moderator during the vacancy in Dromore) presided and in the course of his address he spoke of Mr Priestley's fruitful ministry and of the help he had received from Mrs Priestley. On behalf of the congregation, the Clerk of Session, Mr Aubrey Malcomson, handed over a cheque to Mr Priestley and Mrs Priestley received a Tyrone Crystal vase from the Church Treasurer, Mr Robert Skelton. Mrs Pearl Malcomson handed over an inscribed Bible to Mrs Priestley on behalf of the Sunday School and Children's Meeting. The couple's children were included in the presentations. Jonathan, Ruth and Anna were given inscribed Bibles and pencils by Mrs Valerie McMurray on behalf of the Sunday School and Children's Meeting. The gift of a picture from the Youth Fellowship was presented to Mr and Mrs Priestley by the Youth Leader, Mr Robin Ward, who also handed over a Pen Set to Jonathan. Mrs Priestley's participation in the work of the congregation was marked by the gift of a beautiful flower arrangement presented by Mrs Bertha Scott. Mr Priestley returned thanks for the gifts on his own behalf and that of his wife and children. He recalled eleven very happy years in Dromore and spoke of the wrench his departure would mean. He thanked the congregation for their loyalty and support. Dromore had been home to him, not only from the standpoint of his upbringing in the area but home in every sense of the word. During the evening there were messages in song by Mrs Betty Spratt. Mr Priestley will preach his farewell sermon in Dromore Church on Sunday.

Various church organisations presented gifts to the Rev. David and Mrs Priestley and their family on the occasion of their departure from Dromore Free Presbyterian Church to Clogher Valley. Standing, from left, are Mr Bobby Skelton, congregation, Bertha Scott, ladies, Valerie McMurray, Sunday School and Young Peoples meeting, Robin Ward, Youth Fellowship, Pearl Malcomson, Sunday School and Young People's meeting and Aubrey Malcomson, congregation. In front, seated, from left, are Anna Priestley, Jonathan Priestley, Mrs Priestley, Ruth Priestley and Mr Priestley.


The congregation had worshipped in the temporary building on the Banbridge Road since 1979 and permission for that temporary structure had to be renewed every three years. The stage had now been reached where the planners were insisting on the site being vacated and the congregation faced the reality of having to move. Two years previously the application to build a permanent church on the existing site was turned down by the Planning Department and the church lost its appeal against the decision. Mr Brian Biggerstaff, Church Secretary at the time, stated that the planners had gone back on an earlier commitment of allowing the congregation to construct a permanent building on the present site.

Following the setback with the Planning Authorities the Session and Committee were now forced to look further afield for an alternative site. In 1991 agreement was reached with a landowner for the purchase of a one-acre site at Quillyburn about half a mile from the town centre. Although the area was zoned for industrial development God was pleased to undertake in these matters and after much prayer permission was finally granted to build a church on the site. It was with great enthusiasm and thankfulness to the Lord that God's people moved forward to further establish the witness for truth.

On the 24th March 1992 a special meeting was called for the election of additional Elders. With Mr Irvine Dawson having felt led of the Lord to transfer to Hillsborough Free Presbyterian Church the need arose to strenghten the Session. At this meeting Mr Frank Blakely was elected and on Sunday 31st May his Ordination Service took place with Dr Paisley being the speaker.

During the years of 92-93 much time was spent in planning and preparing for a new church building. The Committee meetings during this time ran into the early hours of the next day. Finally, after the late nights and early mornings, agreement was reached and the plans finalised. The main contract for the building was given to Timbercure Services Ltd. who sub-contracted Mr David Ferguson to build the church.

On Saturday 2nd October 1993, a stone-laying ceremony was conducted with Dr Paisley being the preacher.

During this time it became known that Rev. Fred Buick was interested in returning to Ulster from Australia. Mr Buick, a native of Ballymoney, had been in Australia for sixteen years. He had ministered in South Australia in the town of Port Lincoln for six years before moving on to Perth where he spent ten years. As the Rev. Buick was instrumental in starting the work in Dromore interest was
generated in issuing a Call to Mr Buick. In the Communicants Meeting that soon followed Mr Buick was issued with a Call from the congregation. Mr Buick accepted the Call to be the next minister and so on Thursday 30th December he was installed as minister of the Dromore congregation.

Rev Dr Ian Paisley Pictured with members of session and those who took part at the stone laying ceremony in the new church premises on the Banbridge Road.

Rev. Buick is pictured here with the Moderator Dr Paisley, Clerk of Presbytery Dr Douglas, and other Free Presbyterian ministers who took part in the installation service.

Pictures of Church in early stages.

The building was just about complete at this time and Mr Buick was in place in time for the official opening. The following are excerpts from the report which appeared in `The Outlook' on Thursday 3rd February 1994.

Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of a new era for the Free Presbyterian congregation in Dromore as they witnessed the official opening of their magnificent new church building on the Banbridge Road. The impressive ceremony was performed by the Moderator of Presbytery, Dr Ian Paisley and it was indeed a proud occasion for the recently installed minister, Rev. Fred Buick and for the congregation as they celebrated the completion of the building project within such a relatively short time. Saturday's service was largely attended as ministers and representatives from both neighbouring and visiting congregations joined in the celebrations. Prior to the commencement of the service Mr Brian Biggerstaff, the builder, presented a key to Dr Paisley and invited him to officially open the new building.

Doing so, Dr Paisley endorsed the views of the large gathering when he spoke of how delighted they all were to see the completion of such a beautiful church and to witness its opening for the preaching of the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. "In the name of Jesus Christ, the sole King and only Head of His own Church, I declare this building open for the preaching of His Holy Word."

The opening ceremony was followed by the laying of a commemorative stone inside the church by the minister of the congregation, Rev Fred Buick.

After singing of the hymn, "Guide me, O thou Great Jehovah, " the opening prayer was by Rev. David Creane, minister of Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church. Next cane a solo by Dr William McCrea, who accompanied himself on the piano accordion (he also rendered a second solo later in the service). The Bible reading was by Rev. David Priestley, minister of Clogher Valley church and former minister of the Dromore congregation.

Former Interim Moderator's Remarks

Mr Buick, who conducted proceedings welcomed all present and then introduced Rev. William Whiteside who acted as Interim Moderator during the vacancy in the Dromore congregation. Mr Buick said Mr Whiteside had been in charge of the work there for some considerable time and from all accounts, had done a wonderful job amongst the people in Dromore.

Mr Whiteside first took the opportunity of saying what a joy it was for him to be present and to share with the people of Dromore on that special occasion. "For the last two years and 10 months the work of God in Dromore has occupied a good deal of space in my heart, in my activities and in my prayers," said Mr Whiteside. "The erection of this beautiful new meeting house has been a special joy and delight to me. As the builders can bear witness, I have watched over the progress of the new building with much joy and pleasure. Now that the work is complete and what a beautiful building we have, a church of which the people of Dromore can indeed be proud."

Tribute To Builders

Continuing, Mr Whiteside said that no doubt Mr Buick in due course, would be thanking many people who have worked hard to bring this new building to fruition, but there were two people he wished to personally thank for their immense contribution, namely, Mr Brian Biggerstaff and Mr David Ferguson, builders. "These men have not only worked very hard to build this church and get it opened on time, but they have also worked with much self-sacrifice in order that we might have a building such as this at such a low cost. Had they taken the money they were entitled to, then the price of the Church would have just been that bit beyond our reach, but thanks to their faithful labours and self-sacrifice we have this beautiful building at a very reasonable cost."

In conclusion, Mr Whiteside said they also thanked Almighty God for his great goodness to the Dromore congregation. The Lord had richly blessed them in the absence of a permanent minister, He had kept them together during the vacancy, and most of all, He had kept them praying, as was evidenced by the weekly attendance at the prayer meetings. God had not only given to the congregation a beautiful building, hut he had given them a caring and godly minister in Rev Fred Buick. Already he had heard of God's blessing under Mr Buick's ministry, and they rejoiced in the fact that God had been pleased to bless that ministry in the salvation of precious souls. On behalf of the Session and Committee and congregation of Banbridge Church, Mr Whiteside conveyed to the Dromore congregation, to their new minister and his family, and to the Session and Committee their best wishes and assured them of their prayers in the days that lie ahead.

Mr Buick thanked Mr Whiteside for his encouraging words, and praised the Lord for all he had enabled them to do. He extended appreciation and thanks to Mr Brian Big gerstaff of Timbercure Services Ltd. and Mr David Ferguson, building contractor, also Mr Eddie Wilson and his wife who kept an eye on the building and supplied the electricity for the electric saws etc.

On behalf of the Dromore congregation, Mr Buick then presented gifts as tokens of appreciation to Mr Brian Biggerstaff, Main Contractor and Mr David Ferguson, Sub-Contractor, saying how grateful they were for all the marvellous work they had done.

Presbytery Greetings

Next to speak was Rev. Ron Johnstone, Moneyslane, who conveyed greetings on behalf of the Presbytery. He too apologised on behalf of the Clerk, Dr Douglas, who was absent, and conveyed the best wishes of both Lisburn congregation and his own congregation in Moneyslane. Quoting from Genesis 35v7, "And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el," Mr Johnstone said it was their prayer, "that this place will be a place of the altar, that this meeting house will be a place where the Person of God is revered and where the praises of God's people will rise heavenward. It is also our prayer that here, where the Person of God is revered, that the presence of God will be revealed to you as the minister opens up the word of God, that there will be a God-consciousness in every service, and that everyone saved and unsaved will know that this is a place where God is visiting His people."

Great Joy

Dr Paisley said it was a great privilege for him to have the opportunity of preaching at the opening of their new church. "We thank God for the work in Dromore and we thank God for those in whose hearts he put the seed of vision, like a grain of mustard seed, so that there could be erected in this place a meeting house where the Gospel of Christ could be preached.

"It gives me great joy, with thanksgiving to God, that this task has been accomplished, and that this beautiful building has now been erected and officially opened, and I look forward to the day when we will see here great things done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."

Dr Paisley performed the opening ceremony. Also in photo is Mr Brian Biggerstaff (left), the Rev Fred Buick (minister) and Mr Aubrey Malcomson (Clerk of Session).

In the year that followed new members were added to the church and the witness was further consolidated under the ministry of Rev. Buick. However, after spending one year and three months with the congregation Mr Buick concluded his ministry in Dromore on Sunday 12th March 1995. Rev. Whiteside found himself as Interim Moderator of the church for a second time.

Ministers, Licentiates, Students and Lay preachers occupied the pulpit during the vacancy. The small congregation was brought again to seek the Lord for guidance in regard to a minister.