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 second year with Roe Valley Christian Radio and hopes to present three programmes of classic praise.
Pauline Bingham & Helen Irons
Pauline and Helen are both blow-ins to Limavady, 23 and 36 years respectively. Limavady is home!!! Helen’s favourite people call her granny, 4 in total. In her spare time she loves to walk her dog and crochet, but not at the same time!! Pauline’s favourite people call her Mrs B, 849 in total!! In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog and talking to everyone she meets - both at the same time!!! Both enjoy fellowship at Real Hope3:16.
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Jean moved to Northern Ireland in 1975 and has lived in Limavady since 1976. She has 3 grown-up children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Jean became a Christian in May 1993 and is an adherent with the Salvation Army. Jean has been involved with RVCR since its beginning in 2002. For the past nine 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.
Born in 1980, Chris grew up with his parents Andrew and Joyce moving around manses all over the country from Donegal to Larne to Jordanstown, his dad being a Methodist minister. Married to Ciara, he has three wonderful children – Daniel 12, Lucy 9 and Noah 6. He was a youth worker in the Methodist Church for 22 years and then moved this year to work for The Big House Ireland. He loves God and has a deep passion for serving Jesus through youth work. Chris is also a massive football fan – he supports Manchester United and is currently a coach at Glentoran’s Academy..
David is married to Gillian, and they have three grown-up children: Jonny, Tim and Rhian, who is married to Peter. David was installed as minister of Drumachose and Derramore Presbyterian Churches in November 2021. His interests include music, playing drums and guitar, photography, watching Formula One motor racing, and is a long-suffering Manchester United supporter! David is looking forward to his second year as an RVCR presenter, and hopes his programme will provide some inspiration to those who tune in.
Fred has been a Christian for over 30 years. 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.
Richard & Joanne Gallick
Richard and Joanne have been married for 11 years and have 3 children – Isaac (10), Ruby (7) and Isabella (3), two woofers (Archie & Cooper) and a new addition of Cottontail the rabbit. 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 hear it’s returning in 2023! 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.
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 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 just August 2021. He enjoys a laugh, which is just as well. Phil is looking forward his second year at RVCR, sharing stories of God’s goodness in a difficult world as well as some great music.
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 third year studying Primary Education at Stranmillis University College, Belfast. This is also his third year involved in RVCR and at the age of 21 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 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 19 being in Second Limavady and Myroe. Married to Elspeth for over 34 years he has one son and two daughters. He enjoys photography and walking.
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 9) and his dad, Andy (aged 36 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 on youth ministry including interviews with young people involved in Exodus and speak about a new ministry launching for fathers called Legacy.
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 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 15 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 second time presenting; she normally answers the phone during Violet and Drewe’s programme. She enjoys walking and photography when time permits.
Andrew & Carolyn Maybin
Living near the town of Garvagh, Co Londonderry, Andrew & Carolyn were married in 2004 and have two daughters Grace and Ruth. Having worked together for 15 years running an electrical engineering business God clearly spoke into their lives. Firstly, the call was to youth and children’s work and then a further call to study God’s word at the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh. Andrew & Carolyn now serve God with the Faith Mission leading the Gospel Truck Ministry.
Lee is a lifelong member of First Limavady Presbyterian Church. He serves the Lord as a PCI Accredited Preacher. He loves his Lord and utilises every opportunity to make Jesus known. Whether it be in the home, workplace, socially, in the pulpit or over the radio, Lee’s drive and desire is found in encouraging people to seek a walk of faith with Christ and assisting people already in faith to further develop the faith through expanding their knowledge and thereby their love of the Saviour.
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.
Jennifer was born in Londonderry and came to live in Limavady at 4 years old. She became a Christian at the age of 11 at a beach mission in Scotland while on holiday with her family. From her teens she has had a burden and a passion to reach children and young people with the gospel. She went on to train as a teacher at Stranmillis College and spent two years teaching and then felt God’s call into full time ministry overseas. She spent 12 years in Bolivia, South America with SIM but also helped the national work of CEF in that country. She came home in 2007 and joined the work of CEF Ireland in 2009 serving here in the North West Area. Her hobbies are reading (favourite author being Alexander McCall Smith), visiting new places, and spending time with good friends when she can. She also loves corny Christmas movies!!!
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.
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 61 years and has one daughter Arlene and one grandson. He enjoys sport, especially football and cricket.
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 Man Utd 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.