Speaker: Rev. Charles McMullen, former Presbyterian Moderator

[L – R] John Buchanan, Rev Charles McMullan, Ivan Brown

Rev. Charles McMullen, a native of Omagh and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 2018, addressed a large gathering of men in Omagh Methodist Church hall at the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 22 February.  He spoke warmly of his worship as a young boy in Trinity Presbyterian Church. A great influence on his life was the late Rev. Harry Pinkerton and the late Rev. Bill Clarke. He referred to his uncle Mr. Ivan Brown who was in attendance at the breakfast.
Rev. McMullen in his address highlighted the importance of building relationships and this is his key message in all his life. He outlined his career from studying modern languages at Trinity College, Dublin and Oxford to being Assistant Minister and then Senior Minister in a number of churches including Harmony Hill and Legacurry. He spoke of the very encouraging ministry in his present church, West Church, Bangor where there are 1,000 families and 4 services every Sunday.
During his year as Moderator he had the opportunity to visit and preach in many churches around Ireland, a number of which are growing in numbers. New experiences were visiting the Westminster parliament and Dail Eireann as well as a trip to Jordan where he witnessed refugees in poverty. All of the heads of the main churches of different denominations had worked together positively for the good of the country. Finally, Rev. McMullen spoke of his passion for the renewal of local churches. He again emphasised the building of relationships.