Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

Free Presbyterian Church Of Ulster

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Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

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This Presbyterian denomination is not related to the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland or the Free Church of Scotland
The Free Presbyterian Church is a Presbyterian denomination founded by the cleric and politician, Ian Paisley in 1951.As well as leader in the founding of the Free Presbyterian Church, Ian Paisley also founded the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, although the Church is not officially linked. Most of its members live in Northern Ireland. The church has congregations in Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and Australia, with a sister denomination in North America that has congregations in Canada and the United States.


The Free Presbyterian Church began on 17 March 1951 (St Patrick's Day) as the result of a conflict between some members of the local Lissara Presbyterian congregation in Crossgar, County Down, Northern Ireland, and the Down Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

At a meeting on 8 January 1951, the Down Presbytery banned the elders of the local congregation from using the church hall for a Gospel mission, but the date when the Lissara elders were informed of this is disputed. The Presbytery met with the Lissara Session ninety minutes before the mission was due to begin on 3 February with an "Opening Witness March." When two elders refused to accept the Presbytery decision, they were immediately suspended. As a result of this disagreement with the...
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