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The Presbyterian Church in Ireland


Charity no. 104483 Date registered. 05/07/2016 * with Religious designation

Public benefits

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland meets the public benefit requirement by providing benefit to its members and the general public by making known the Christian Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through the advancement of religion. The direct benefits which flow from the purposes of the Church include the gaining of an understanding in Christian

beliefs as set out in the Bible and in the Church’s subordinate standards (the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Shorter and Larger Catechisms) leading to spiritual and moral development and opportunities for response to Bible teaching. In turn, this framework leads to practical expressions of Christian beliefs and standards in the local community such as through the care of those in need (including the sick, disabled and bereaved). Generally the above benefits are delivered locally by congregational churches and members, or are facilitated through presbyteries or are organised and delivered centrally. Local delivery is facilitated by central resources in almost all cases. Public access is made known through the use of noticeboards, printed material, press advertisement, websites, and social media or in other ways. The benefits are demonstrated through regular evaluation of the services and informal and ad-hoc feedback from members, their families, and members of the public. The purpose does not lead to harm. The only private benefit flowing from our purpose is related to Ministers, Missionaries, Deaconesses, Irish Mission workers and Lay Agents who receive benefits as a result of their holding office or employment. However, this is incidental and necessary in order to further our charitable purpose. There are no other private benefits. The beneficiaries of this purpose are members, their families, other individuals that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland is in direct and indirect contact with, the community in which pastoral services are provided and other communities throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and worldwide which benefit from our engagement with and support for both Christian and other secular organisations, charities and individual members of the public.

What your organisation does

Comment on matters of public importance from a Biblical perspective, issue statements on church policy relevant to the public domain. Maintain relationships with local, regional and national government, make representations and respond to consultations on relevant issues. Develop relationships with other Church bodies, charities, secular

organisations and civic society. Monitor inter-church bodies of which the Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a member. Provide nominations to education and other state bodies where the Church is a stakeholder. Select, train and develop full and part-time ministers, offer pastoral care to them and their families. Select, train and support deaconesses and oversee their deployment. Maintain and manage Union Theological College, a third-level institution and a recognised College of Queen’s University, Belfast. Provide a conciliation service for church members. Resource presbyteries and congregations in worship; discipleship, nurture & teaching, pastoral care, world mission; and evangelism, outreach and good relations in the community and workplace. Enable the development of ministry among: youth and children; women; young adults; families. Provide marriage and counselling services. Provide support for local congregations in finance, health & safety and personnel issues. Develop strategic priorities in all-age mission in Ireland. Enable new church development and church planting. Support chaplaincy services in the Forces, Healthcare, Prisons, Universities and Colleges. Undertake overseas mission, develop partnerships with overseas Churches, send personnel overseas. Promote world development issues and facilitate thinking on issues of global concern. Deliver a social witness service to the wider community in partnership with appropriate organisations. Undertake policy development and administration of the Taking Care programme for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Support a ministry to those with hearing impairment.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of religion

Who the charity helps

  • General public

How the charity works

  • Religious activities

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2022

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2020

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND, as a Reformed Church within the wider body of Christ is grounded in the Scriptures, and exists to love and honour God through faith in His Son and by the power of His Spirit, and to enable her members to play their part in fulfilling God's mission to our world

Governing document


Other name

  • 67 Trustees
  • 551 Employees
  • 1,500 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Ken Swarbrick, Presbyterian Church In Ireland, Assembly Buildings, 2-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1 6DW

Linked charities

Charity number Charity name
108840 Presbyterian Church Investment Fund

Trustee board

Mr Douglas Crowe
Rev Joseph Andrews
Rev Jonathan Boyd
Rev Kenneth Crowe
Rev John Hamilton Flaherty
Rev Ernest Peter Gamble
Rev Trevor Gribben
Mrs Avril Heenan
Rev Robert Herron Obe
Mr Robert John Kennedy
Rev James Mccaughan
Rev Noel Mcclean
Mr David Mccleery
Rev Robert Adrian Mclernon
Rev Adrian Moffett
Mrs Cherry Poynton
Rev Mairisine Stanfield
Rev Andrew Thompson
Mr William Watson
Rev Lachlan William Webster
Rev Dr Colin David Mcclure
Rev Dr Trevor J Mccormick
Rev Alastair John Dunlop
Rev Daryl Edwards
Mr Stuart Ferguson
Rev Jean Mackarel
Rev Dr Jonathan Curry
Rev Morris Gault
Mr Trevor A Long Obe
Mr James Copeland
Rev Dr Martyn Cowan
Very Rev Dr Frank Sellar
Mr David Thomson
Mr James Livingstone
Rev Gareth Simpson
Rev Mark Spratt
Rev Norman Cameron
Very Rev Dr William Henry
Rev Daniel Kane
Rev Alastair Beattie
Very Rev Dr David Bruce
Rev Paul Linkens
Rev Roy Mackay
Rev Stephen Moore
Rev David Brice
Rev Dr David Allen
Rev Mervyn Burnside
Rev Michael Currie
Rev Tom Greer
Mr Martin Hampton
Very Rev Dr John Kirkpatrick
Very Rev Dr Donald Patton
Rev David Brownlow
Rev Ker Graham
Rev Ben Johnston
Rev Stephen Mccracken
Rev Trevor Mcneill
Mr Clayton Wilson
Rev Andrew Faulkner
Rev Edwin Thomas Frazer
Mrs Margaret Grayson
Mr Jim King
Rt Rev Dr Samuel Mawhinney
Rev Principal Michael Mcclenahan
Rev Albin Rankin
Rev William David Samuel Mccullagh
Rev Helen Freeburn

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland
  • In The Uk
  • Internationally
  • Brazil
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic Of The Congo
  • France
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Republic Of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Zambia