THE Minister of 1st Islandmagee Presbyterian has received a call to Kilbride Presbyterian Church.
It is believed that Reverend Karen Campbell will move to the church in Kilbride this summer.
The Convenor for the Vacancy, Reverend Richard Kerr, said he was “delighted” that Karen would be joining the Templepatrick Presbytery.
“No date has been finalised as yet, but it is hoped that Karen will be able to join us soon,” he said.
“Of course we are delighted she is coming and it is an historic event as well, because not only will she be the first woman minister at Kilbride but also the first woman minister within the Templepatrick Presbytery.”
Reverend Campbell who is originally from Lurgan, was Assistant Minister at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church in Lisburn before she took up her position as Minister at Islandmagee, where she has ministered for the past five years.
She told the Times she was delighted to have got the call to Kilbride but that it was also a time of mixed emotions for her and her family.
“Of course I am delighted to have the support of the congregation at Kilbride who have been so fully behind calling me, and yet there is a certain degree of sadness at leaving Islandmagee and the good relationships that have been forged there - and having to move on from that and say goodbye,” Karen told the Times.
“Yet we have strongly felt God’s call speaking to us in this, and so it is a time of happiness for us as well.”
Reverend Campbell is married to David, a teacher at Ballyclare High School, and the couple have two sons, Ian and Callum.