Londonderry pastor to replace Ian Paisley at Belfast Church

Rev Dr Ian Brown
Rev Dr Ian Brown

Londonderry pastor the Rev Dr Ian Brown is to take over from the Rev Dr Ian Paisley as minister of the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast.

Dr Brown, a Lisburn man, has been in Londonderry for the past 25 years and he says he is prayerfully looking forward to the congregational challenge and following in the considerable ministerial footsteps of the founder of the Free Presbyterian Church.

The South Belfast church, which opened in 1969, has been without an appointed minister since Dr Paisley (Lord Bannside) retired in 2011 and Dr Brown will be installed at a service there on Friday August 2.

Dr Brown, who is in his late forties, is currently clerk of the general presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and is professor of historical theology in the Whitefield College of the Bible in Gilford, Co Down, the Bible College for the training of ministers, mIssionaries and Christian workers for the Free Presbyterian Church.