Ministry Team

John McDermott – Pastor

John was brought up in Carrickfergus and after leaving school began work in Bombardier Aerospace (Short Brothers PLC, Belfast).   It was while serving his apprenticeship at the age of 18 years that the Lord Jesus graciously saved him and planted a deep desire in his heart for the pastorate.  He attended the Irish Baptist College, and after a pastoral placement which began in October 2006, he was inducted as Pastor in June 2007.

John is married to Rachelle and they have three children; Faye, Micah and Phoebe.  They also have two labradors named Susie and Rosie.

Dessie Creelman – Pastoral Assistant

Dessie was born in Portrush and brought up in Coleraine.  At the age of 20 years he accepted the Lord Jesus as his Saviour and joined Dunseverick Baptist Church.  In 1977, after attending the Bible College of Wales, he travelled to south Peru where he served with Baptist Missions for 18 years, undertaking evangelism, church planting and literature work.  During this time he met and married Mavis (who although from Belfast, was also working in Peru with Baptist Missions).  Dessie and Mavis have two grown up children; Alastair and Andrea.

In 1994 the family returned to Northern Ireland and since then Dessie has been working as an evangelist with the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland, taking a book trailer to shows, fairs and markets around the province.

For the past few years Dessie has been working part time with Magherafelt Baptist Church as Pastoral Assistant and as part of the Ministry Team.

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