Rev Jack Richardson, B.A., B.D., MBE.
The Rev Jack Richardson, B.A., B.D.,
MBE., pictured with his wife Sally and sons L to R:
John, Neville, Alan and Jeff.
Congratulations to the Rev Jack Richardson who has been awarded
an MBE in the Queen's New Year's honours list for services to
the community in Northern Ireland.
Mr Richardson has made a significant contribution to the
community in Lisburn for the past 24 years. In addition to
providing spiritual leadership and the pastoral work that he has
undertaken amongst his congregation he has also worked as a
senior Chaplain at the Lagan Valley Hospital for the past 17
years, providing counselling and support for all patients. He
has developed interdenominational links with his fellow
Chaplains both locally and through the Hospital Chaplains
Association. He is a Board Member of Lisnagarvey High School. He
has been involved in fundraising efforts to support local
charities. As a keen organist he has participated in 10 marathon
organ recitals and the money raised was used for local
charitable causes. He is a strong supporter of health,
education, the Church and policing in the local community. The
annual Christmas Carol Service he arranges is a focus for all
people of all denominations and for the City of Lisburn. As
Minister of Hillhall Presbyterian Church he has served his own
congregation and also the wider Lisburn Community.
previously in Carland and Newmills, was installed in Hillhall on
4th June 1982 in succession to the Rev. Hugh Young who retired
in 1981 and died in April 2006. During Mr Richardson's ministry
a new suite of halls were opened in May 1987 and a manse in
1995. The church halls were destroyed in an arsonist attack in
November 1999 and built and reopened in September 2002.
Mr Richardson preached the final service in his active ministry
on Sunday afternoon 24th December 2006 (Christmas Eve). A Social
Evening was held in Hillhall Presbyterian Church Hall on
Thursday 28th December in honour of the Rev Jack Richardson and
Mrs Sally Richardson on the occasion of Mr Richardson's
retirement as the minister of Hillhall Presbyterian Church after
nearly 25 years of exemplary service.
Rev Jack Richardson, B.A., B.D., MBE., is now Minister Emeritus
of Hillhall Presbyterian Church. The Rev Adrian McLernon,
Minister of Drumbo Presbyterian Church will be in charge of the
vacancy at Hillhall until a new Minister is appointed.