The Very Rev Dr Stafford Carson was appointed Principal and Professor of Ministry at Union Theological College in Belfast in September 2013.

Stafford is a graduate of the University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Westminster Theological Seminary.  Mr Carson served as minister of Kells and Eskylane Presbyterian Churches, Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, and from 2000-05 was Executive Vice President of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was installed as minister of First Presbyterian Church, Portadown on 3 June 2005.

At the Presbyterian General Assembly in June 2009 Stafford was installed as Moderator, succeeding Dr Donald Patton. In June 2010, Stafford handed over to Dr Norman Hamilton.

Stafford is married to Patricia and they have three children, Sara, Luke, and Ruth.