Roy had been invited to tell the story of his walk with God from school days in Lurgan College to his present position as Lay Pastor on the Augnacloy and Monaghan circuit. His wife, Lorna, is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church, currently stationed in Enniskillen. Brought up in church-going Presbyterian family, Roy never had cause to doubt the existence of God but privately thought Christians rather dull and dour. His light-bulb moment came as a teenager when, travelling with his father in the family car, Jesus entered his heart and started him off on the path of service and fellowship which he follows today. Roy admitted that it has not all been sunshine and shared some of the dark days along the way when he briefly fell into the “Slough of Despond” – as John Bunyan calls it in “Pilgrim’s Progress”.
Roy’s story is a reminder that when one of His own gets in a bad place God does not say “What are you doing in there?” God says, “What are you doing in here?” It was the powerful presence of Jesus in those dark days that led Roy back to the embrace of his family and to the Church of God.