In Whitehouse Presbyterian Church as with other Presbyterian Churches a group of elders share overall responsibility, along with the minister, for leadership. The practical running of church life (finance, property, administration) come under the congregational committee. Both Elders and committee members are elected from within the church membership.
Minister - Liz Hughes
Liz Hughes came to Whitehouse as Minister in December 2000. She is married to Brian who is also a Presbyterian Minister serving as Chaplain in the Belfast City hospital. She has two grown up daughters Sarah and Bethan.
Having previously served in churches in Jamaica she has a special interest in Global Mission and learning from what those in a developing church context can teach us. She considers herself blessed to have had the privilege of ministering in Whitehouse with its unique friendliness and warmth and hospitality.
Her prayer is that the congregation will be so “rooted and grounded” in God’s love that we will be able to share our love for Jesus naturally and effectively wherever we happen to be in our weekday world.
Assistant Minister – Robert Orr
Robert, known as Bobby, joined the ministerial team at Whitehouse in June 2015 on a part time basis as he completed his studies for the ministry at Union Theological College. On completion of these studies his post became full time in June 2016 when he was given responsibility for areas of youth work, discipleship training, mission to the local community and men’s ministry. Bobby is married to Caroline and together they have three children (two girls and a boy) all of whom are in full time education at school or university.
Bobby enjoys the challenges of Whitehouse and feels very privileged at the responsibilities the Kirk Session have given him. His great desire and prayer is to see all the congregation come to a living faith in Jesus Christ and as disciples take that faith out into their families, workplaces and communities.
Deaconess - Doreen Draffin
Doreen Draffin came to Whitehouse as deaconess in 2004 having previously served in Rathcoole. Doreen’s main role is pastoral care of our seniors, development of a weekly bible study for them and to co-ordinate our Children’s Ministry.
Doreen believes it has been a joy to see this develop over the years and to have a team of leaders presently serving in these roles.
The privilege of servicing as part time chaplain in the N.I Hospice is an on-going ministry which Doreen enjoys very much which complements her team ministry in a busy and active church.