Glencairn Methodist Church
As a result of a decision by the Diocesan Council, the church was built about 1970 and consecrated on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November 1971 by the Bishop of Connor and the President of the Irish Methodist Church. It was a daughter church of St Mark’s Ballysillan. It was given independent parish status in 1982, but has always been in the cure of a Bishop’s Curate.
The architects were Shanks, Leighton, Kennedy and Fitzgerald, Belfast.
Succession of clergy:
Curates of St Mark's Ballysillan, with responsibility for Glencairn:
1968-70: Cecil Mitchell
1970-73: Ted Woods
1973-82: Walter Lewis
Bishop's Curates of the parish:
1982-84: Walter Lewis
1984-90: Mervyn Kingston
1991- 2013: Team ministry - Captain Scott McDonald (Church Army) - Evangelist in Charge and Revd Ken Houston (NSM) - Auxiliary Priest (1991 to 2018), joined by Sister Valerie Thom (CA) from 2006 to 2010.
2013 - 2017: Rev Emma Rutherford, Minister in Charge and Rev Ken Houston (NSM)
2015 - 2017: Rev Emma Rutherford also in Charge of St Columba's Whiterock (became Rector of St Molua's Stormont)
2018: Rev Ken Houston retired
2018 - Until new plans can be formulated by the Bishop and Council, the two parishes of Glencairn and Whiterock are under the care of Adrian Bell (Diocesan Reader) and Peter Blake (Student Reader)
St Andrew's Church features in two books:
"Churches of the Diocese of Connor - an Illustrated
History" by Ernest V. Scott, Published in his memory by the nephews and
nieces of Mr Scott, circa 1994, page 36,