|The Very Rev Dr David McGaughey and his wife Anne at morning worship in Railway Street Presbyterian Church with founder members of a youth fellowship which he formed in 1963 during his years as assistant minister. L to R: (front) Anne Wall, Carol McBurney, Harold Patterson, Dr David McGaughey, Anne McGaughey, Edith McConnell, Norman McClelland and Margaret Coulter. (back row) John Mulholland, William McClelland, Doreen Beckett, Mary Hill, Moya McLean, Helen Bridget Heather Henry, Dorothy McClelland and Aaron King.|
AS part of the ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations at Railway Street Presbyterian Church, the Very Rev Dr David McGaughey and his wife Anne were the special guests at morning worship last Sunday (30th May). Prior to his sermon, Dr McGaughey looked back on his five years as assistant at Railway Street during the ministry of the now senior minister, the Very Rev Dr Howard Cromie. Describing these years as the happiest of his life he recalled that he was appointed student assistant in October 1963, married in 1965, their first child was born in 1967, licensed in Mall Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of Armagh in June 1966 and ordained in Railway Street by the Presbytery of Dromore in December 1966.
Dr McGaughey spoke about the new church organisations formed in 1963 including a youth club which met on Friday evenings, a Sunday night youth fellowship which met after evening worship and a midweek Bible class.
He was installed in Castledawson and Curran in 1968 and then served as minister in Mourne Presbyterian Church, Kilkeel from 1973 until his retirement in 2003.
Dr McGaughey was appointed Moderator of the General Assembly.