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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Pastor Robert Murdock (Emmanuel Baptist) to move to Canada

Pastor Robert MurdockPastor Robert Murdock, who has accepted a call to serve in Emmanuel Baptist Church, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, will preach his final sermons as minister of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ballymacash, Lisburn on Sunday 25th November. Pastor Murdock was installed here in Lisburn on 8th June 1996 and during his ministry the original church, which seated around 80 people was extended in 1996 and a balcony added leaving the Church now able to seat around 250 people.

Born in Edinburgh to parents Jim and Irene Murdock, Robert is the first of a family of four and has two sisters and one brother. After attending Aberlady Primary School (east of Edinburgh) and Saint Adians School in Cootehill, Co Cavan, he attended Queen's University Belfast and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree and in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Theology.

He commenced his ministry as an assistant pastor in Hill Street Baptist Church, Ballymena where he served for two years prior to being called to his present charge as Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ballymacash.

Robert is married to Elaine and they have five children - Katherine (10), Jayne (9), Adam (6), Grace (5), Caleb (3). The family plan to leave Lisburn at the end of the year (circumstances permitting) with a view to Robert taking up his post on the 1st January 2008. Members of the congregation and friends will have the opportunity to say their final goodbyes at a farewell reception in Wallace High School on Friday 30th November.