On Mondays we want to introduce you to some of the individuals who have been supported by the Bonar Trust since it started.  Hopefully this will give an insight into the importance of the trust and how the money supports gospel work across Scotland.

John Torrens lives in Northern Ireland and was supported by the Bonar Trust from 2010-12.

Tell us a little about yourself

Originally from Northern Ireland my wife, Mel and I returned to Belfast from Scotland so that I could start ministry training with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. We are currently living in Belfast which is great as it enables us to regularly attend Ravenhill where we watch Ulster play rugby.

What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?

After training at St Catherine’s Argyle on their Ministry Associate Programme I worked for Sandyford Henderson Church, Glasgow for two years. Since then I have been training as a minister in Union College, Belfast with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. I have completed two years of theological study with a further year to go and I am the assistant minister at Richhill Presbyterian.

What lead you into training for gospel ministry?

I was encouraged to pursue ministry training whilst on the UCCF Relay Programme. I applied to St Catherine’s Argyle Ministry Associate Programme where I tested my gifts to see if I was suitable for a life in full-time ministry and I followed the instruction of the Kirk Session to continue my training elsewhere.

How did/does the support of the Bonar Trust help you in your training for gospel ministry?

The Bonar Trust enabled me to train at St Catherine’s Argyle and to attend Cornhill Training Course, Glasgow. Without the support of the Trust I would not have been able to do either of these things.

If you have completed your training, what do you do now?

I have yet to complete my training as an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. I am currently finishing my theology degree whilst working as an assistant minister at Richhill Presbyterian Church.

Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry.

The greatest challenge I am currently facing is finding the time to do all the things that I feel are important. Whether that is adequate sermon preparation, personal reading, discipleship or evangelism it is hard to sufficiently complete all these endeavour’s every week. However a great joy is having the time to study God’s Word, to teach His people, to watch the Spirits influence in people’s lives grow and see people come to know and love the Lord Jesus more.

If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like John, you can find all the information here.