Thursday 12th February 2015 was a memorable date for the congregation of Dervock Reformed Presbyterian Church.
It was when Mr Philip Dunwoody (Limavady) was ordained and installed as minister.
Their most recent minister, Rev. John Hawthorne, in his role as their 13th Moderator of Synod, conducted opening devotions. The sermon was preached by Rev. David Sutherland (Ballylaggan). Rev. John Coates (Kellswater) gave the Exposition and Defence of Reformed Presbyterian and Rev. Wallace McCollum (Clerk of Northern Presbytery) the Historical Narrative of Dervock Church.
Rev. Edward McCollum, Moderator of Presbytery and an uncle of Philip Dunwoody, put the Prescribed Questions to the Candidate for Ordination and led in the Ordination and Installation Prayer. Mr McCollum was also Interim Moderator of the Dervock congregation and he had the responsibility of giving the Charge to Minister and Congregation.
With reference in Philippians 2:3 to the humility of Christ he stressed that the new minister should remember that he was just a sinner saved by grace and that all his gifts had been given to him by God.
In turn, the members of the congregation were to remember that their new minister was just like them - a sinner saved by grace- and that he had been given his gifts for their good.
Before tea was served in the hall several speeches were made; Mr David Millar spoke on behalf of the Dervock congregation. Rev. John Hawthorne then spoke as Moderator of Synod, chairman of the RP Theological College Committee and the recent minister of Dervock (he had also baptised Philip when he was minister in Limavady!).
Greetings were also brought by Rev. Raymond Blair (Philip’s present minister in Limavady) and Rev. Scott Moore (Dervock Presbyterian Church). Gifts were presented to Rev. and Mrs Edward McCollum by Mr William Bleakly and Miss Emily McConaghie.