On Friday 2nd February, St Mary’s parish church, Howth (used by kind permission) was full with many ICM supporters and friends of Rev. David Martin, as he was commissioned by Archbishop Michael Jackson to be Director of Irish Church Missions.
Originally from Ballywalter, Co. Down, David’s church ministry roles have included time in London, New York and working for almost 10 years at Immanuel Church Dublin, an ICM trustee church. During his time at Immanuel, he trained part-time at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. He was an Intern Deacon in Howth Parish, and was laterly curate in Hillsborough Parish Church, Co. Down. Many friends from Dublin, Howth and Hillsborough travelled for the service.
David Martin was presented to the Archbishop by Bishop Wallace Benn, retired area Bishop of Lewes in Suffolk, who is originally from Greystones and is chairman of the ICM Board of Trustees. David’s predecessor, Rev. Eddie Coulter was the preacher. In his sermon based on 2 Timothy 1, Eddie encouraged David to follow the advice which Paul gave to Timothy. He encouraged him to fan into flame the gift of God in him, not to be ashamed of the gospel and even to be willing to suffer for this gospel. He reminded David that he would do this only if he recognised that the gospel is that Jesus destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light. In the ever-changing cultural context of modern Irish society, this great news is eternally relevant for all people.
The evening concluded with refreshments and speeches where Bishop Benn and David expressed their gratitude to all who had made the occasion so memorable and called upon everyone to commit the work of Irish Church Missions to prayer.