In keeping with Presbyterian practice, the oversight and care of the congregation is entrusted to a group of elders who are assisted by deacons

These men are committed to the central teachings of the Bible as summarised in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. They are also committed to caring for the congregation in every way they can.

The Church Elders are Jeff Ballantine and Andrew Woolsey and the Deacons are Ivan Beattie (who also serves as Church Treasurer), Scott Goodrich and Richard Beattie. Each of these men who are entrusted with the care of Groomsport EPC demonstrate genuine love for the congregation and for the wider community in the village and beyond.

Mark Johnston


Mark Johnston is originally from Belfast and trained for the ministry in Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was the founding minister of Trinity EPC Richhill before being called to London as the minister of Grove Chapel, Camberwell in 1994. He went on to serve as Senior Pastor of Proclamation Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Philadelphia and subsequently as minister of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cardiff until his return to Ireland and eventual call to Groomsport. Mark serves on the Boards of Banner of Truth Trust and Ligonier Ministries, UK. He has authored a number of books and has a monthly column entitled Resident Aliens on the Place for Truth website of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is married to Fiona and has two grown-up children.