Assembly Buildings, Belfast (Headquarters Presbyterian Church in Ireland)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland

If you drive round somewhere like Newtownabbey the churches you will find will generally either be independent or they will be part of a larger network of churches (sometimes referred to as a ‘denomination’). Being part of a larger denomination brings with it accountability and opportunity in the life of a local church.

The leadership team in Ballyhenry (minister and elders) are accountable to what is known as the North Belfast Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church. This body links together Presbyterian Churches from North / West Belfast right up to Jordanstown. There are 19 Presbyteries throughout Ireland, and together they make up what is known as The General Assembly, the governing body of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Each year the General Assembly elects a ‘Moderator’ who represents the church in public life.

As part of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Ballyhenry has opportunity to be involved in many things that we could not do on our own. Examples of these opportunities include:

  • Placing and support of mission personnel in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.
  • Church planting initiatives in Dublin and inner city Belfast.
  • Peacebuilding work and engagement with government at local and national levels.
  • Theological education and Christian training.
  • Social provision for diverse groups, including the elderly, third level students, the disabled, those on probation and those with addictions. 

For more information on the work of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland visit

We are grateful to the Urban Mission Trust of the Presbyterian Church’s North Belfast Presbytery, who have generously supported the production of this website through grant funding.