Who's Who

Below you can see who’s who within the church.  There are many other people involved in the day to day running of the church also.  If you need to get in touch with anyone please contact the office by email gportpc@googlemail.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.

Mr Ryan Pearce

Assistant Minister, Mr Ryan Pearce, is serving an internship in our church, September 2018 – July 2019.  Ryan, 25, comes from the Bay Area in California and will be entering the final year of his M.Div at Princeton Theological Seminary on his return to the USA.  

Rev Dr Roger Purce

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.

Julie McClurg

Church Secretary.  Julie is married to Philip and has two young daughters Rebekah and Bethan. She is responsible for congregational administration. Julie usually works in the church office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.00am to 1:00pm.

Elaine Nixon Shepherd

Clerk Of Session.  Elaine is married to John and has lived in Groomsport all her life. A former school principal, Elaine is now involved heavily in the church and Turnstones Drama Group.

John Ekin

Organist & Choir Master.  John is married to Susan, with two daughters – Gillian and Carolyn. He was Headmaster at Connor House Preparatory School until his retirement, and has been organist and choirmaster in Groomsport since 1988.