Alan Blair to be the new CE president

Th e Rt Reverend Ken Clarke

Th e Rt Reverend Ken Clarke

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Lurgan man Alan Blair will be installed as the new All Ireland President of CE at the Irish Christian Endeavour Convention in Ballygomartin Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

Alan is a member of Lurgan High Street Presbyterian Church

Guest speaker at the convention will be Rt Revd Ken Clarke, Mission Director SAMS Ireland and UK.

The Convention will be held on 16th and 17th September.

The theme of the convention is “Burn like a star - light a fire in our hearts”.

Bishop Clarke grew up in the same town as Rory McIlroy - Holywood, Co. Down, and they even went to the same school but it was not at the same time.

He is married to Helen and they have four daughters and five grandchildren.

Bishop Ken (often known as Fanta) has served in Churches in Northern Ireland, in Chile with the South American Mission Society(SAMS), and in Dublin.

He was Rector of Coleraine Parish for 15 years and then Bishop of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh for twelve years.

This is an expansive Diocese, lying predominately in Central Ireland with parishes in eight counties and straddling the Border into Fermanagh. He has led missions and preached at Conferences and Conventions in different parts of the world. He enjoys reading, sport, supporting Manchester United, walking, golf, and has a particular interest in Church growth and leadership issues.

Bishop Clarke’s ministry is being eagerly anticipated.