My dear friend, Dr Ivan McKay, is retiring as minister of Dundonald Presbyterian Church after 13 years of ministry there. We had a great evening when tribute was paid to him by the Session Clerks from Brookside, Ahoghill and Dundonald, the two congregations which he has served in the forty years his ministry. I conducted worship at the beginning, and Dr Alastair Dunlop, Ivan’s life-long friend, chaired the proceedings.
There were also some well-chosen and humourous words from Rev Frank McKeown who recalled Ivan’s assistantship with the late Dr John Girvan in Bethany, and from Rev Drew McConnell on behalf of all the assistant ministers who have worked with Ivan. The evening was concluded by thanks and prayer from my senior colleague and predecessor in First Portadown, Dr William Craig, who, as he approaches his 91st birthday, is as fresh as ever.
Ivan’s ministry has been marked by a clear and enthusiastic commitment to reformed theology and a thoroughly biblical approach to church life. He is a superb preacher and a gifted pastor, who has encouraged me in my ministry ever since we served together in the Ballymena presbytery. Our best wishes go to Ivan and Marlene as they make the transition to retirement, and to a new chapter of ministry.