Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Rev Harold Miller, has introduced Captain Colin Taylor as Evangelist in Charge in the Parish of Dromara and Garvaghy.
The service took place recently in St John’s Church, Dromara.
Married, to Eleanor, Captain Taylor is in his 38th year of ministry as a Church Army Evangelist. He began work as a 19-year-old in residential hostels in Manchester and London before entering Church Army College.
On commissioning he worked as an assistant missioner in the Blackburn Diocese, moving, a year later, to the Diocese of Down and Dromore as an itinerant evangelist. Colin worked in a variety of parishes and from 1994 he was Youth Worker in Charge in the Bangor YMCA, later working in the City of Belfast YMCA in a variety of roles, eventually becoming Youth and Community Director.
In 2006 he took on the role of Evangelism Resource Officer for the Church Army in Ireland and Scotland, a post made redundant in 2013, since which time Colin has engaged in ministry as Diocesan Curate in Down and Dromore, along with preaching, teaching, providing pastoral care in vacant parishes and delivering youth work and other training. He is reportedly delighted to have the opportunity to minister in the parishes of Dromara and Garvaghy.
“It seems to be very much the ‘right’ place to go and while many people ask ‘and just where is Dromara?’ we will no doubt get used to the village very quickly,” he said.
“Moving to the country is a big challenge for a ‘city boy’ but there are so many opportunities.”