Dr Seth Wright
When I got the email from on high in PCI telling me I’d been placed in Ballyholme Presbyterian Church, my first thought was, “Where’s that?” The place was a total mystery to me, an American blow-in to this wee island. After two months here, though, I understand why people told me I would love it. My name is Seth Wright, and I come from a missionary family that’s been in Central and South America for the last 25 years. In 2005, I arrived in Belfast to study at Queen’s, meaning to finish my course and leave. God had other plans—I met a wonderful girl from Enniskillen, who convinced me that Norn Iron isn’t such a bad place. Julie and I have been married eight years now, and we’re excited to begin our practical training in ministry here in Ballyholme. We have a one-year-old bundle of energy named Andrew. His first little brother or sister is due in early March next year! Please pray for a safe, uneventful pregnancy and birth for Julie and the baby—and for a reasonably sane existence thereafter, since I will be at the pointy end of my final semester in theological college. After that, we hope to be around until it’s time for me to be ordained and installed in another congregation—probably three or four years from now. That should be plenty of time for us to get knee-deep into congregational life! We look forward to building friendships and sharing in the church’s work, whether that’s preaching on Sunday mornings or shepherding the delightful young chaos of Holiday Bible Club. We believe that God works in and through his people. He’s at work in us, shaping us to look more like Jesus, and he’s at work through us, calling us to represent him here in Ballyholme and North Down. Our goal is to join in with the great things that God is already doing here! Hopefully in a few years we’ll all have a few more stories to tell of God’s will being done in Ballyholme as it is in Heaven.