THROUGH THE ARCHIVES: College Square Presbyterian Church welcomes new minister

From the News Letter, May 1, 1937

College Square North in Belfast. Picture: Google
College Square North in Belfast. Picture: Google

The Reverend W J Thompson, BA, the new minister of College Square Presbyterian Church in Belfast has been cordially welcomed at a meeting of the congregation which had been held in the lecture hall in Albert Street.

The Reverend Gordon Young, BA, who presided at the meeting described the new minister as a crusader in the cause of Christianity, temperance and social welfare.

The Reverend Young added that we was assured that by his ministry at College Square that Mr Thompson would “exceed the great expectations” which were centred on him at that time, he remarked that he was sure that the minister would be able to rely on the “support, sympathy and assistance” of his congregation.

Meanwhile, the Reverend Alexander Cuthbert, a former minister of the church, said that he was confident that the encouragement and cooperation which he had himself experienced while he was the minister would be extended to the Reverend Thompson.

Representatives of the Ballymena Presbytery and Connor congregation wished the Reverend Thompson a happy and successful ministry in his new charge and members of the various organisations of the congregation also gave him a “hearty welcome”.

Responding to the kind welcome the Reverend Thompson referred to the time that he had spent as minister of Connor and Ballymena.

He said he came to College Square Presbyterian Church because he believed that Jesus Christ was the answer to all the problems of life.