Who's Who

Below you can see who’s who within the church.  (Hover over each image) 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

Minister

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.

Sylvia Santos Bruce

Deaconess

Sylvia was commissioned and inducted as Deaconess in our congregation on 1st September 2021. Sylvia has a BA in Applied Theology from the University of Wales, which she concluded in 2015 at the Irish Bible Institute (Dublin). She ministered for a number of years at Clontarf & Scots Presbyterian Church in Dublin as a Children’s and Youth worker. Sylvia completed her Deaconess training in 2021 at Union Theological College in Belfast. During her training, she was placed in two congregations: Greenisland Presbyterian church, Windsor Presbyterian Church, also IMP International Meeting Point. Sylvia is from Brazil; she has been in Ireland since 2007. She has been married to John since 2015 and they have a young daughter.

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.

Alistair McQuoid, CLerk Of Session, Groomsport Presbyterian

Alastair McQuoid

Clerk Of Session

Alastair is married to Freda and has two daughters and four grandchildren. A retired Estate Agent, Alastair is currently Musical Director of Queen’s Island Victoria Male Choir, sings in the Groomsport Church choir and plays fiddle in a folk group. He is also a Past Captain of Donaghadee Golf Club. Alastair has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and was elected Clerk of Session in Groomsport on 24th March 2019.

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.