Ballysillan presbyterian church
Ballysillan Presbyterian Church was first established in 1836.
Following interest in prayer meetings in the area, a group met together and were officially made a congregation by the Synod of Ulster (which would eventually become the Presbyterian Church in Ireland).
In the late 18th century the congregation had outgrown the original church building and this was replaced by the current building.
Nearly two centuries since it was established, the current congregation is still committed to the good news of Jesus and sharing it with the community we're a part of. We're a warm and welcoming congregation made up of people of all ages and stages and from various backgrounds.
Our parish stretches from Ligoniel, through Ballysillan and down to Ardoyne.
Minister - Dave Currie
Dave is married to Heather and they have seven children. He used to be a pharmacist before training to be a minister. Part of his training was in Ballysillan, after which he worked in a church in East Belfast before returning to Ballysillan as the minister in 2022.
The elders, including the minister (or teaching elder) make up the spiritual leadership of the church. The Bible describes them as shepherds who are called to care for, watch over, serve and be examples to the church family (1 Peter 5:3-2).
The committee, including the minster and the elders has the role of caring for those in need and managing the practical aspects of church life, such as property, finance, hospitality and administration.
what is a 'presbyterian' church?
The word 'presbyterian' simply describes how the church is governed. Our church is governed by a group of elders who look after the spiritual wellbeing of the congregation.
We are part of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, a group of over 500 churches across the north and south of Ireland.
For more information about the Presbyterian Church in Ireland you can visit its website.