Hi… A little bit about me. I grew up in Rathfriland where my parents owned a hardware shop. It was hard work and long hours and I guess I picked up their work ethic from my earliest days. We were a church going family and God was a real part of my life from early on. I always had this feeling that I wanted to be a preacher and had a number of experiences of God working in my life as a child. Through teenage years I got away from God but was actually converted the night ‘A’ level results came out in 1974.   I married Linda and we have three girls Joanna, Kerry and Christine and also a granddaughter called Mia.   I worked in Belfast, Galway and Bangor before coming to Donaghadee in 1994 and over the years we have seen God graciously grow this church family.   I love Donaghadee and have a real passion to see God moving powerfully in the people of this town and beyond to the ends of the earth. I want this to be a loving church family where bruised and broken people can find help, hope and healing. I want to proclaim Jesus as the only Saviour and LORD and to do so with all the love and passion of my heart. There is no greater message in all the world than the Good News of Jesus because there is no one like our God. He is totally worthy of our love, praise and adoration.   I cannot think of anything greater to do with my life than to glorify God and really enjoy Him forever. That, for me, is living the dream.

Alvin Little

Minister

I am originally from Keady, Co Armagh, and my home congregation is 2nd Keady Presbyterian Church. I attended church, Sunday School, Girls Brigade and many Kids Clubs as a child and so realized the importance of becoming a Christian at a young age. I asked Jesus into my heart many times as a child but really got serious about my faith after being involved in a serious traffic accident as a teenager.   God gave me a desire to be involved in Christian service after being part of a number of Youth For Christ summer outreach teams. After leaving school, I spent a year with Youth For Christ in Enniskillen and then went to Canada to study ‘Pastoral ministry’ at Prairie Bible College for four years. Following this I had a number of jobs including teaching English as a foreign language and receptionist work. In 2005, I applied to become a deaconess and arrived in Shore Street in 2007!   I am so thankful to be here and I love Donaghadee. My main responsibilities are with the children in Sunday School and toddlers group, and also pastoral care within the congregation.

Sonya Anderson

Deacoess

I was born in Belfast and always loved football. I actually wanted to be a professional footballer but God called me to the mission field. With my wife Winnie we served in Brazil for 39 years with U.F.M. Worldwide. We came back to N.Ireland in 2003 and I came to work in Shore Street in 2005.   I have pastoral responsibility for our older folk, I lead the Tuesday night Prayer and Bible Study which has grown in this last year. I also lead the morning Men’s Fellowship on Wednesday mornings and I preach some Sunday nights. My desire is to see God’s people really love God’s word the Bible and then put it into practice in their everyday lives and relationships.

Maurice Sloan

Pastoral Assistant

Hi my name is Peter Martin and I am the Youth & Children’s Co-ordinator here in Shore Street.  I was brought up in East Belfast but thankfully managed to avoid the ailment of becoming a Glentoran fan instead choosing to follow the long held family tradition of supporting the mighty Belfast Blues, Linfield.

I am a recent addition to staff team having joined in June ’13.  Previous to this post I was a professional foster carer alongside my wife Jane.  We fostered 19 kids over nearly a decade and loved the adventure and fun that that brought us.  I have also been employed in the field of youth work with both the South Eastern Education & Library Board and Youth For Christ NI.

I’m passionate about enabling Christ-centred growth!  Whether it is in assisting a child come to faith or in helping a volunteer grow in their ministry, growth is what I’m all about and prayer is at the core of it!

Peter Martin

Youth & Children's Co-ordinator

Leadership Team

We have a great team of elders here at Shore Street who are here to look after you as a church congregation and to serve you. We’ve split Donaghadee and the surrounding area up into “Districts” and for each district there’s an elder, committee member and in most instances – A District Care Team who are there to look after each of the families in their district.