Fortwilliam & Macrory

Presbyterian Church

Our team

Carolyn Crowe

As Clerk of Session Carolyn provides secretarial support to Kirk Session and attends Strategy and Pastoral Group meetings. Among her other responsibilities Carolyn continues to visit in the congregation alongside the other pastoral elders. 

Carolyn is a civil servant and a cat lover. She values the prayers of the congregation so that she can fulfil her role working towards a vibrant, fruitful and happy future for Fortwilliam & Macrory.

Carolyn Crowe

Robert Briscoe

Robert is a busy member of the team, holding several positions at Fortwilliam and Macrory. As Director of Music, he helps to lead the worship each week.  He has also has taken a lead in developing Fortwilliam as a venue for concerts and special services such as our annual "Carols for All" service.  Since September 2014, Robert has also taken on the role of Congregational Secretary and is enjoying the challenge of this new role.
Outside his Church life, Robert works in the Belfast School of Music and in schools across the City as a peripatetic music tutor. He is also the manager of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and works as a consultant on music concert tours for several ensembles and schools across the United Kingdom.
Robert Briscoe

Colin McBride

Colin is the congregation’s treasurer and carries out his duties with a smile on his face and careful attention to detail. He grew up in Macrory Memorial congregation and has lived in South Africa, USA, Spain, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. For the last twenty five years he has worked for DuPont and is currently based at their manufacturing plant near Londonderry. Colin is ably supported in his responsibilities by the former treasurer, Robb Fletcher, and by Ann Kirkwood who manages the project monies.

Colin McBride

Richard Higginson

Richard has been the Bricks to Bridges Project Development Worker since January 2011. This is his first piece of work as a self-employed Community Relations Consultant following the completion of a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation through the Centre for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA.

In 2010, he returned with his wife and son to Northern Ireland after having lived in Denmark for most of the previous 5 years. Richard currently lives in North Belfast.

Richard Higginson

Michele McGrath

Michele is the designated person for Safeguarding Children within the congregation. She is married and has three children and for her day job Michele is a nurse in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. Part of her role in her job involves the Safeguarding Children Nursing Forum so this keeps her up to date with all the current issues around Safeguarding Children. Children are seen as vitally important members of our congregation and their well-being and welfare are paramount.

Michele McGrath

Brian Downey

Brian is fire, health & safety adviser for the church and has a responsibility to try and ensure not only the buildings within the church but also any activities undertaken within them are safe for the congregation, the wider church family and other community groups who use the church facilities.

Brian brings a wealth of experience to the role from his 'day job' and is gentle in his determination to fulfill his role.

Brian Downey

Rebekah McDonald

Rebekah is our Youth and Community Development Worker and began her youth work journey in North Belfast with Ballysillan Youth for Christ. Between finishing school and beginning university, she took a year out to travel, gaining experience in cross cultural work. Since then she has worked in a wide range of settings including three years as Youth Co-ordinator in Dunmurry Presbyterian and in a project for young people at risk of exclusion from school.

She has recently completed her degree in Youth and Community work with Practical Theology through the Centre for Youth Ministry, and also obtained her JNC qualification in Youth Work.

Outside of work her interests are surfing, playing sport, reading and planning her next trip!

Rebekah McDonald