Reverend Rob Craig has been chosen as the next Moderator of the Presbyterian Church.
The 58-year-old, who is currently Minister of Kilfennan Presbyterian Church in Co Londonderry, was nominated by 17 of 19 presbyteries which met on Tuesday night.
He will take up office on June 3 in succession to Dr Roy Patton who continues as Moderator until then.
Rev John Dickinson, minister of the Carnmoney congregation received the remaining two nominations.
Dr Craig said he is happy to have been chosen.
“Personally I am deeply humbled and honoured to be elected Moderator and am delighted for the congregations and members within the Presbytery of Derry and Strabane and west of the Bann in general, for whom this a clear sign of support from the wider Presbyterian Church.”
Dr Craig will chair the 2013 General Assembly when it meets in his home city of Londonderry.
It is the first time in 22 years that the Assembly has met outside of Belfast, and longer since it last met in Londonderry in 1933.
No detailed plans have been announced yet for the Assembly other than the opening and business sessions will be held in the Millennium Forum from Monday June 3 until Thursday June 6.