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Churches rocked by minister's sudden resignation

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

MEMBERS of the congregations in Caledon and Minterburn Presbyterian Churches have been left stunned by the sudden resignation of their minister.

Reverend Barry Reid announced his resignation with immediate effect at the start of July "for personal reasons".

The Armagh Presbytery has put in place a minister in the interim, before looking to make moves towards installing a new minister in the Autumn.

Rev Reid has resigned his position just under five years after having been installed in the congregation.

Prior to his installation in August 2012, Rev Reid was Assistant Minister in Newcastle Presbyterian Church.

He had previously graduated from Belfast Bible College in 2000, the same year he married wife Ashley. The couple have two children.

Rev Reid is also a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Commenting on the resignation of Rev. Barry Reid as minister of Caledon and Minterburn, a spokesperson for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said: "I understand that the minister of Caledon and Minterburn Presbyterian Churches resigned at the start of July for personal reasons.

"The Armagh Presbytery has appointed one of its ministers to look after the congregations and will be giving further consideration to the matter, including putting more permanent arrangements in place, when it meets in the Autumn."

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