Gary Aitcheson

Gary was born and raised in the big city of Cloughmills, Co. Antrim. He worked for a few years in Shorts aircraft factory in Belfast but left to go on mission work in India and Nepal for two years. Soon after returning he took up studies for ministry in the Presbyterian Church and has served as minister in Dromore and Drumquin (Co. Tyrone) and Kilcooley (Bangor, Co. Down). In June 2019, he moved to this area as minister of Balteagh and Bovevagh. He is married to Audrey, and they have two grown-up children, Judith and David. Outside of work Gary plays some golf and used to enjoy football – he is a Manchester United fan so it’s not much fun anymore! Gary is looking forward to his third year with Roe Valley Christian Radio and hopes to present three programmes of classic praise.

Chris Adair

Chris is a husband and father of three. Along with his wife Claire, he leads the praise at Derramore Presbyterian Church and considers himself a jack of all trades, master of none. He is a leader in Youth Fellowship and teaches Physics in Strabane. If he had spare time he’d be on the golf course.

Arran Ashfield

Arran is one of our new presenters this year, although he’s been involved with RVCR behind the sound desk for 8 years now. He uses his gifts and talents in radio elsewhere as he sits on the committee of Queen’s Radio. Arran is 21 years old and in his fourth year at QUB studying applied maths and physics. Hailing from Ballykelly, he is a member of Myroe Presbyterian Church, where he’s attended all his life. He became a Christian aged 6 and is looking forward immensely to RVCR this year!

Jean Bishop-Greentree

Born and raised in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Jean moved to Northern Ireland in 1975 and has lived in Limavady since 1976. She has three grown-up children, two sons and one daughter. Jean became a Christian in May 1993 and is an adherent with the Salvation Army. She has been involved with RVCR since its beginning in 2002. For the past ten years Jean has been volunteering with Assistance Dogs (NI) as a puppy fosterer, training pups. These fully trained dogs help to improve the lives of children with autism and their families; as well as helping people with disabilities who are wheelchair users. ADNI also provide school therapy dogs which is proving very beneficial for both children and teachers.

Fred Corscadden

Fred has been a Christian for 40 years now. He’s a retired school principal, having taught for 37 years. He is now up for the challenge of serving God more fully. He is a founding elder of The Bridges Christian Fellowship in Limavady and is married to Sally and dad of Ruth and Paul.

Rhys Ditty

Rhys is a 23-year-old from Ballykelly. He is married to Alice and enjoys walks in the forest with his dog Buster. He works for Scripture Union Northern Ireland as the E3 schools’ worker in the North West.

Richard & Joanne Gallick

Richard and Joanne have been married for 12 years and have 3 children – Isaac (11), Ruby (8) and Isabella (4). They live in Ballykelly and belong to Drumachose Presbyterian Church. Joanne hails from the coldest place in Northern Ireland – Katesbridge, watch out for it on the weather forecast! Richard is a born and bred Co. Londonderry man! Joanne is a huge Neighbours fan and is glad to have it back on the air! Richard is a petrolhead – loves his cars and motorbikes and can often been found googling his next car. They are both involved with GB, BB and Youth Fellowship and serve with Scripture Union. They both have a heart for mission and the church and to see God’s Kingdom grow.

Clive Glass

Our secretary at RVCR is Clive Glass. He became a Christian at the age of 21 while studying for his PhD in Civil Engineering at QUB. He is the minister of Dungiven & Largy Presbyterian Churches and is married to Margaret. They have two grown up children. His hobbies include keeping tropical fish, collecting British stamps and photography.

Phil Houston

Phil grew up in Rathcoole, a large housing estate in Newtownabbey, where he came to faith at a young age through the love and witness of the church family there. He is married to Jenny and father of Rebekah and Elijah and has been the minister in Ballykelly Presbyterian since August 2021. He enjoys a laugh, which is just as well. Phil is looking forward to his third year at RVCR, sharing stories of God’s goodness in a difficult world as well as some great music.

Andrew Irwin

Andrew is a member of Myroe Presbyterian Church where he sings in the choir, plays clarinet in the praise group and also teaches Sunday School. He is currently in his final year studying Primary Education at Stranmillis University College, Belfast. This is his fourth year involved in RVCR and at the age of 22 is one of our youngest presenters. He became a Christian at the age of 6 and is looking forward immensely to RVCR this year.

Geoffrey Jones

Geoffrey became a Christian at the age of 14 and always had the desire to serve God. He has served in various places over the years with the last 20 being in Second Limavady and Myroe. Married to Elspeth for over 35 years he has one son and two daughters. He enjoys photography and walking.

Andy Lamberton

Peter thinks his dad is CRAZY for letting children be in charge of an hour on RVCR. It's KIDS’ TAKEOVER! So, boys and girls: join Peter (aged 10) and his dad, Andy (aged 37 and a half) for a show packed with challenges, Bible stories, quiz questions and of course songs that’ll make you sing your hearts out and dance your socks off! Andy will also do a show focusing on Legacy and the importance of fathers in the lives of their sons and daughters.

Kerry Leaver

Kerry has been a Christian for over 20 years and knows that her faith has been the only way that she has survived and learnt from the difficult times in her life. She has also made lovely friends along the way. Kerry has two sons, Nic, who is married to Sarah, and Jonathan. She is a special needs classroom assistant in St. Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School, Strathfoyle and has a particular interest in autism and the challenges faced by children with autism. She also works as a carer for a girl with a brain injury and loves her work! Her free time is spent drinking coffee and chatting with friends, walking/hiking with a group that she’s joined, following the fortunes of the Ulster and Ireland rugby teams, and trying to read all the books that she can’t resist buying! Kerry dreams of buying a camper van, getting on the ferry and making her way to the south of France…at least! Failing that, she’ll open a bookshop with a lovely coffee shop inside it!

Laura Madden

Laura Madden is a local lady, married to Darren with two children, Aaron and Molly-Anne. She works as a learning support assistant in St. Mary’s and also helps out when she can at Kingsbridge North West Hospital in Ballykelly. She has been a member of Derramore Presbyterian Church for over 20 years and has been teaching the teenagers in Sunday School for 16 years; she also helps look after their Facebook page. Prior to this she was a member of St. Aidan’s Church in Magilligan. This will be her third time presenting; she normally answers the phone during Violet and Drewe’s programme. She enjoys walking and photography when time permits.

Lee McAllister

Lee is a lifelong member of 1st Limavady Presbyterian Church. He serves as a PCI Accredited Preacher where he shares his love of Jesus and desires to make Him known to and loved by others. In his secular employment Lee is a Team Leader for Utility Warehouse. His hobbies and interest include all things animals, film and TV and he is an avid Liverpool supporter. He is photographed below at Old Trafford (Manchester United ground) and claims it’s a perfect example of loving your enemy.

Drewe McConnell

Drewe McConnell was installed as minister of 1st Limavady and Magilligan congregations in September 2008. He was a former member of Hill Street Presbyterian Church in Lurgan. He is married to Patricia, a nurse, and has two daughters, Jill and Holly who are both in their 20s. His hobbies are music, swimming and football.

Violet Miller

Violet became a Christian in 1977 and is a member of Myroe Presbyterian Church. Ever since her conversion she has had a passion for the gospel, with a particular interest locally in reaching out to young people and globally in the country of Kenya, from which she has just returned. This year she will again be co-presenting with Drewe McConnell on The Breakfast Show.

Linda Moore

Linda was born in Omagh and moved to Ballykelly to take up a teaching position in a special school in 1974 where she taught for 37 years. Linda gave her life to the Lord on 19th February 1998 and has since been serving the Lord through church activities. She has a passion to encourage others to study the Bible and has recently become a Precepts leader and leads classes on Zoom and face to face. Linda has been involved in RVCR for a number of years and has had the responsibility of organising the telephone rota and just recently also taken on the role of chairperson. Linda’s hobbies include genealogy, making crafts and working as a member of the Coleraine Collective. She and her husband Martin also enjoy attending Church clubs.

George Simpson

George was born in Belfast and attended Bethany Presbyterian Church (now Immanuel). He belonged to numerous organisations including BB, CE, Sunday School, Youth Club and the Choir. He was converted at the age of 18 and worked in Short Brothers & Harland where he served his time as an aircraft fitter. Subsequently he was called to the ministry and ordained on 30th December 1971. He has been married to Myrtle for 62 years and has one daughter Arlene and one grandson. He enjoys sport, especially football and cricket.

Keith Thompson

A lifetime member of Dungiven Presbyterian Church, Keith was saved at the age of 14 in a local Mission Hall after years of faithful witness by parents and Sunday School teachers. He has since gone on to be a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent for over 30 years, as well as being an elder in the congregation. A keen sportsman in his youth and loyal Manchester United supporter, Keith also has a keen interest in southern gospel quartet music with a recent trip to the National Quartet Convention in Tennessee being a bucket list item ticked off.