The new minister of Cookstown Reformed Presbyterian Church, Paul Wright, was joined by around 300 parishioners for his ordination and commission at Molesworth Presbyterian church last week.
The service, which was led by the Moderator Rev John Hawthorne also saw Rev Harry Coulter from Carrickfergus preach a challenging sermon from Ephesians in which he drew some interesting comparisons between the Ephesus church and Cookstown Reformed Presbyterians.
He also took the time to encourage members to look to God in prayer.
Rev Philip McCollum from Belfast explained the key points of doctrine which justify the Reformed Presbyterians (Covenanters) maintaining a separate existence from other Reformed Churches and the Clerk of Presbytery, Dr John McKelvey, gave a brief history of Reformed Presbyterian witness in Mid Ulster.
The Moderator of Presbytery, Dr David McKay (Belfast) ordained Paul Wright to the ministry and commissioned him to serve as organising pastor of the fledging congregation in Cookstown.
Prof McCollum, presented challenges to both the new minister and Cookstown members. He asked Mr Wright to be faithful in all his duties and the members to be constant in prayer for their new minister.
The ordination was followed by a reception at which Mr Wright spoke of the spiritual influences that had shaped his life, and of his faith and confidence in his Saviour Jesus Christ.