Robin & Helen Quinn
Christ Church, Dundonald
East Belfast Presbytery
Lay Training & Women's Empowerment
Robin and Helen Quinn served for ten years in Ekwendeni, with the Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), our partner church in Malawi. They returned to Ireland in late December 2013 and are due to retire at the end of March 2014.
The CCAP in Malawi has three autonomous Synods: Blantyre, Livingstonia and Nkhoma. With the CCAP’s rapid growth and the critical need for ministers, all three synods run their own programmes of Evangelism, Christian Training, and Theological Education. Three Lay Training Centres (LTC) at Chilema, Chongoni and Ekwendeni provide short courses for elders, deacons, youth leaders and Sunday School teachers.
Robin was Vice-Principal of the Livingstonia Theological College (LTC), where Matt Williams is one of the teaching staff.
Helen was involved in leading Small Business Management training for ladies, and in the course of her work visits ladies groups in their congregations.
Helen also helped run the Synod's Women’s Empowerment Programme. Those trained in turn share their new knowledge and skills in their own Presbyteries and congregations. The Milala Presbytery, for example, has organised seminars on Christian Beginnings, Christian Beliefs and Christian Behaviour, and many women are now better equipped at handling their personal finances.
Robin was ordained into the Presbyterian Ministry in 1981 and, following an assistantship in Craigy Hill, Larne, he and Helen served in Malawi until 1991, under what was then the Overseas Board. After returning home, Robin took up pastoral ministry in Christ Church, Dundonald, where he and Helen served until 2004 when they again responded to the call to serve in the land they both love so much.
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