Who's Who

There are many other people involved in the day to day running of the church.  If you need to get in touch with anyone, please contact the office by email office@groomsportpresbyterian.com or by calling 028 9146 2552.

Rev Paul Dalzell


Rev Paul Dalzell B.D. (Hons) was installed as minister on 3rd March 2017. Paul began his ministry in 1989 as assistant minister in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor, where he was ordained in 1991. He has ministered in the past 25 years in the congregations of Raffrey Presbyterian, the joint congregations of Hyde Park and Lylehill, and in Cregagh Presbyterian before coming to Groomsport. Married to Catherine since 1988 they have a grown up son and daughter.

Dr Roger Purce, Groomsport Presbyterian

Rev Dr Roger Purce

Minister Emeritus

Minister Emeritus (Retired). Rev Dr. D Roger Purce was minister of Groomsport congregation from May 1992 until his retirement on 31st July 2016. Having Obtained a D Min from Princeton Theological Seminary (USA), he mentored 15 interns from Princeton during his ministry in Groomsport. Married to Doreen since 1976, they have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. During retirement, Roger and Doreen hope to split their time between Argens-Minervois, France and Portballintrae in Co Antrim.

Rev Denis Campbell

Pastoral Assistant

Rev Denis Campbell is Minister Emeritus of St Andrew’s, Blackrock and St Andrew’s, Bray in the Dublin and Munster Presbytery. He was ordained assistant minister in Stormont in 1976 and in 1978 was installed in rural County Donegal at Donoughmore and Stranorlar. His ministry in Dublin began in 1986. He married Hilary in 1976 and they have two grown-up children and one grandchild. His interests include Classical Music, travel, reading and the Northern Ireland football team!

Audrey Thomas

Deputy Clerk Of Session

Audrey grew up in Groomsport and is a lifelong member of the church. She has been teaching RE for over 25 years and is married to Gary. Audrey has two children, Matthew and Bethany.

Michael Steele

Clerk Of Session

Dr Michael Steele worked as a GP in Ballywalter for 20 years and now teaches medical students at Queen’s University Belfast, part time. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Before entering general practice, Michael worked in Malawi for six years as a District Health Officer and then tutor at the Lilongwe School of Health Sciences. He has been a member of Groomsport Presbyterian church for over 30 years. He is married to Julie and they have two grown up sons, Adam and Matthew.

Julie McClurg

Church Secretary

Julie is married to Philip and has two teenage daughters, Rebekah and Bethan. She is responsible for congregational administration. Julie usually works in the church office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:45 am to 1:45 pm.

Ian McDonald

Facilities Co-Ordinator

Ian is married to Anne and lives in Bangor. He is the church Facilities Co-Ordinator and looks after all aspects of caretaking and maintenance for all of the church properties. Ian is also responsible for church and hall bookings and works 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Monday to Friday. He can be contacted on Mobile: 07899 718089.