Stephen McNie son of Ian and Anne McNie was licensed as a Probationer for the Presbyterian Ministry by the Presbytery of Route on Sunday 29th May.
Stephen studied at Queen’s University, Belfast before embarking on his training for the Presbyterian church in Union Theological College, Belfast.
The service of licensing was conducted by the Moderator of Presbytery Dr Mark Jones and also taking part was the Rev. Maurice Barr, a close family friend along with Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Brown who preached a challenging charge.
After the service there were a series of speeches from various friends and associates of Stephen’s. The Moderator of Presbytery extended the greetings of Presbytery and Mr. Victor McLean, on behalf of Trinity congregation spoke about the contribution Stephen had made to the life and work of the fellowship over the years.
Union Theological College was represented by Rev. Ronnie Heatherington, Director of Ministerial Studies and Mr Scott Moore, a fellow student of Stephen’s.
Currently, Stephen is working as a student assistant in the congregations of Killead and Loanends. A large contingent of these congregations was present in Trinity and the minister, Rev. John Murdock brought the greetings and good wishes to his now full-time assistant. Stephen himself spoke of the early influences upon his life and his personal response to the Gospel, expressing appreciation to his family, Trinity church and many individuals and groups that had impacted his life in the past. His father, Rev. Ian McNie also spoke on behalf of Trinity congregation and thanked many people who had played a part in the spiritual development and support of Stephen.
The large congregation was hosted to supper by the ladies of Trinity.
Another member of Trinity, Mr. John McConaghie will also be licensed as a probationer for the Christian ministry.