Rev Peter Lyle
Peter grew up in the seaside resort of Portrush in Country Antrim. A member of Portrush Presbyterian Church it wasn’t until his late teens that he heard the call to faith through the ministry of Portrush CSSM. The seaside mission was to prove even more generous in that it was here that he met his wife, Heather. After leaving Coleraine Inst, he went to Stranmillis College to train to be a teacher but during his time there felt a clear call into the ministry. After receiving his B.Ed from Stranmillis he went to Union Theological College to being training, while Heather travelled to India to work in St Thomas’ Girls’ School in New Delhi. Peter and Heather were married in Ballycastle Presbyterian in 1991 just as he was beginning to serve as the assistant minister in First Antrim Presbyterian with Rev John Dixon, a man whom he acknowledges had a huge influence upon him.
Peter’s ministry first took him to the congregations of Ringsend and Second Dunboe Presbyterian outside Coleraine in County Londonderry. During his time there he became the Presbyterian Chaplain to the University of Ulster at Coleraine, a member of Race Chaplaincy team at the North West 200 International Motorcycle Road Races and also leader, alongside Heather, of Portballintrae CSSM. Within the Presbyterian Church he served on the standing committees of both the Youth Board and Overseas Board, as they were known at that time. Currently, he serves on the Management Committee of the International Meeting Point, a drop in centre which reaches out to migrants and asylum seekers in Belfast. In 2002, Peter moved to Ballyholme Presbyterian. Since then he has served on the Council for Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland and the Council for Scripture Union Northern Ireland.
Peter enjoys preaching and caring for people, particularly in times of need. He is very keen in helping people to understand themselves as disciples within the church and he loves teaching in that capacity. Having travelled extensively with Heather, it is not surprising that he has passion for global mission something which he has engaged in by leading two youth teams to the Czech Republic in the 1990’s, preaching in the Czech Republic, Kenya, Thailand and Hong Kong, his work with the Overseas Board of PCI and chairing meetings at Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention on a number of occasions. In May 2016, as Chair of the Board of Governors of Ballyholme Primary School, he travelled on an educational visit to their partner school, Qiuzhi Primary School in Hangzhou, China, But the greatest link with overseas came in 2011 when Peter and Heather adopted their daughter, Kim, from Thailand. This has been cemented further with a second adoption in June 2016 of their daughter Zoë, again from Thailand.
In addition to travelling, Peter enjoys music, photography, documentaries, anything to do with aviation, gadgets and Chelsea Football Club.