A Lurgan man has been instituted as the new Rector of St Matthew’s Parish Church in Richhill.
The Rev David Somerville officially took up his position last Thursday.
At the ceremony were the Most Reverend Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh, and the Rev Gregory Dunston, Dean of Armagh.
The Rev Somerville was educated at Lurgan College before going on to Stranmillis to train as a teacher.
For 17 years he worked as a teacher until, at the age of 38, he decided to go into the ministry.
After three years of training at Stranmillis he took up his first post as a curate at Christ Church in Lisburn.
Before moving to Richhill he was at Rathfriland and Ballyward.
In fact Rathfriland was one of the places he taught so he knew people when he returned as a minister.
“It was very hard to leave there,” he said. “But the break has been made and I am very keen to get on with things, get to know the people of Richhill and make things work.”
One thing that has helped him has been his late father, Tom, who was well known in Lurgan and surrounding areas.
Tom, who died in 2004, was a teacher at Lurgan Boys Junior High School and was extremely well known in the Boys’ Brigade where he served for 40 years as Company Captain with Knocknamuckley.
“He knew everybody in Lurgan and Portadown,” said Rev Somerville. “Since moving into Richhill I have been asked many times if I’m Tom’s son and it helps to make myself known to them.”
Rev Somerville lives with his wife May and six year old son David while older children Ian and Sarah are married.
“The last time I moved, to Rathfriland, I knew a lot of people,” he added. “I know I am among friends at Richhill and want to continue the hard work of my predecessors.
“I want to continue to develop and grow the Kingdom.”