Dr McNie’s successor chosen

Undated handout photo issued by the Presbyterian Church of Frank Sellar who has been elected to become their new moderator. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 2, 2016. The 57-year-old father of three, who is originally from Coleraine, was nominated by 18 of the church's 19 presbyteries. See PA story ULSTER Moderator. Photo credit should read: Presbyterian Church/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Presbyterian Church of Frank Sellar who has been elected to become their new moderator. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 2, 2016. The 57-year-old father of three, who is originally from Coleraine, was nominated by 18 of the church's 19 presbyteries. See PA story ULSTER Moderator. Photo credit should read: Presbyterian Church/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The man who will succeed Ballymoney’s Dr Ian McNie as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church has been chosen.

Rev Frank Sellar, of Bloomfield Presbyterian Church, was chosen as Rev Ian McNie’s successor on Tuesday night.

He was nominated by all but one of the church’s 19 presbyteries, made up of senior church figures.

Rev Sellar, who is originally from Coleraine, will be officially installed as moderator at the start of the church’s general assembly in June.

He said he was “humbled that the wider church has trusted me with this responsibility”.

Rev Sellar has been in ministry for more than 30 years and will become the church’s 177th moderator.