Newmills Presbyterian Church - Serving the community within the Portadown – Lurgan – Banbridge triangle
About Us  


Gordon Best grew up near Donaghadee, Co. Down, and attended Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor in his early years. After a spell in the world of banking, he studied an Arts Degree at the University of Dundee, and Theology at Union College, Queen’s University Belfast. He served as an Assistant at Greenwell Street Presbyterian, Newtownards before his installation at Newmills in April 1996. He is married to Pamela, a Primary School teacher, and has two grown up children, Katie and Stuart.
Outside his ministry in Newmills, he keeps himself busy with wider Church responsibilities. He has a special interest in the rapidly growing Church in Burma (Myanmar) and travels there regularly to teach trainee pastors and church planters. In his spare time, he loves to escape to the North Coast, where he offsets his love for Indian curries and cappuccinos with a little ‘gentle’ exercise.


Currently we have 17 active elders who together with the minister serve the congregation. We meet 5 times a year.
In common with other Presbyterian congregations the elders have the following responsibilities within the life of the congregation:
To oversee all spiritual matters, including the strategies and action plans relating to our five-fold purpose (outlined on our welcome page)
To oversee and provide pastoral care of the church family
To oversee any immediate matters that arise in the course of congregational life
To oversee the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
To oversee any matters of sensitivity and discipline
All elders are committed Christians who have a heart to see our Church reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ into our local community and beyond and for His followers to grow in their faith


At present, we have 25 people who serve on the Church Committee, which has the following responsibilities:
To manage all financial income and expenditure
To care for all Church property / furnishings and Health and Safety issues
To ensure that Child Protection and Disability policies are in kept up to date.
This covers a huge area of work and is often effected through active sub committees


We seek to make our worship services enjoyable, affirming, challenging and thought-provoking occasions. We meet for worship twice every Sunday in the year, at 11.30am and 6.30pm. We are careful to ensure that everyone receives a warm welcome at the door from our stewards, and we aim to provide those who attend our services with a balance of informality and structure. Our dress code is on the whole fairly relaxed, children are made welcome for the first half of the morning service, and we encourage a blend of traditional and contemporary styles of music to cater for all members of the church family. Occasionally our worship will include some more unusual features, such as mime, DVD clips, interview spots or book reviews. The Minister or Assistant Minister lead most of the services, although many other s are involved in worship leading, especially with the praise. Special prominence is given to the preaching and Bible teaching ministry, in which the ministers normally address series, either through Bible books or topical issues. Through these, our people are presented with the Good News of Jesus and encouraged to walk closely with Him every day.