First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Warrenpoint
Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

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Rev. Keith Parke

Rev. Keith Parke

The Rev. Keith Parke was ordained as a minister in a service held in our our sister church in Newry on 7 September 2019, on which day he was also installed as minister of the congregation there. Three weeks later - on 28 September 2019 - he was installed as our minister at a service in our own church in Warrenpoint.

Born in 1976, the Rev. Parke is a native of Kilkeel and grew up on the Ballinran Road. His parents are John and Lil (Elizabeth) and he is the youngest of six children. He grew up attending Kilkeel Presbyterian Church and, after his education locally in Brackenagh West Primary School and Kilkeel High School, he went on to study Hotel Management in Newry.

Keith married his wife Andrea in 2006, upon which the newly married couple made their home in Banbridge, before moving to Dromore in 2012. At this time Keith attended Gilford Presbyterian Church and he completed a BA in Theology in Belfast Bible College between 2010 and 2014.

In October 2016 Keith formally became a student for the ministry in the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Antrim in January 2019 and received calls from both our congregation in Warrenpoint and our sister congregation in Newry in June 2019.

Rev. Norman Hutton

Rev. Norman Hutton

The Rev. Norman Hutton retired from the full-time ministry at the end of August 2018, but remained involved in our congregation in the role of minister-in-charge until the installation of the Rev. Keith Parke on 28 September 2019.

The Rev. Hutton was ordained and installed as the minister of both Warrenpoint and Newry on 7 November 1997. The service of ordination and installation was held in our church in Newry. The Rev. Hutton was subsequently installed as minister of Banbridge on 23rd February 2001 and since then he has faithfully served all three congregations.

The Rev. Hutton was born in 1943 and is a native of Markethill, Co Armagh. During his childhood his family moved to Warrenpoint, and he received his second-level education at Newry Grammar School (now Newry High School) from 1955 to 1961.

Upon leaving school Norman embarked on a career in business, in which he soon graduated to senior management positions. He moved from Warrenpoint to England in 1965, and returned to Northern Ireland in 1968 to live in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry. Since 1981 he has lived in Banbridge, Co Down.

Norman married Doris Hanna in our church in Newry in 1966. Norman's family religious background had been in the Church of Ireland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, but Doris was a member of our Newry congregation. Thus was Norman introduced to the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland. Norman and Doris have four children.

In 1992 Norman took his first service as a lay preacher and three years later he commenced his studies for ministry in the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland. These studies were undertaken in Belfast Bible College and Queen's University Belfast. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Bangor in May 1997 and, six months later, was ordained and installed as our minister.

The Rev. Hutton served a two year term as Moderator of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland from June 2003 to June 2005. In addition to executing his duties as Moderator in a most praiseworthy fashion, the Rt Rev. Hutton also raised a lot of money to support a housing project in El Salvador, which was sponsored by Christian Aid Ireland. He also travelled to El Salvador and Honduras to directly experience for himself the situation in that part of the world, and to see the work being carried out there with the support of Christian Aid Ireland.

Norman has also served as Clerk of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

I give you a new commandment: love one another; as I have loved you, so you are to love one another. If there is this love among you, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17b