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Wednesday, 2 February, 2000, 16:49 GMT
New head for Presbyterian Church

Dr Trevor Morrow will succeed John Lockington Dr Trevor Morrow will succeed John Lockington

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has elected a new moderator based in the Irish Republic, for the first time in over 30 years.

Doctor Trevor Morrow, 51, who is the minister of Lucan Presbyterian Church outside Dublin, has become the youngest ever moderator designate.

He will be the first minister from the Irish Republic to take up the position since 1964, and will succeed Dr John Lockington, the current moderator in June.

Dr Morrow was elected during a meeting of the 21 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday night.

He said he believed everyone within the peace process want to make it work, but there was a heavy responsibility on Sinn Fein.

Born in Lisburn, County Down in 1948, Dr Morrow will also be the first southern-based moderator since Rev James Park of the Old Kingstown congregation held the post 36 years ago.

This is a great honour not only for myself but for the Presbyterian Community in the republic who are so honoured at this time
Dr Trevor Morrow
Dr Morrow describes himself as "reformed and orthodox" but living in the 21st century and said he is looking forward to his year of office.

"This is a great honour not only for myself but for the Presbyterian Community in the republic who are so honoured at this time," he said.

Dr Morrow was one of the instigators of the Nexus Ireland, report - an evangelical reconciliation initiative of the Presbyterian Youth Board, established in 1987.

It challenged the traditional loyalties of young Irish people, attempted to change age-old fears and misconceptions,. it also provided a forum for people to communicate freely and to learn the principles of lasting peace.

Dr Morrow sees the need for change within the church "if is to maintain an effective witness and ministry into the 21st century".

He was also a co-convener of 2020 vision, the special assembly organised by the Presbyterian Church in 1998, to consider how the church needed to change the way it operated to give people the spiritual support they desire today.

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