Dr. Stephens and his wife Jean both surrendered their lives to the Lord in November 1981 and have been members of the Glenmachan congregation ever since.
Pastor Stephens has always been an active member of Glenmachan, working as Church Bus Driver, a member of the Door to Door Outreach Team under the leadership of the late Elder David Hobson, and a member of Glenmachan Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra where he played the Saxophone. In 1988 he was made an Elder of the Glenmachan congregation and in 1993/94 he served as Lay Pastor in Larne Church of God.
From then he continued to serve the Lord in Glenmachan helping out in our sister churches, preaching and sharing Bible Studies. Pastor Stephens is a fully qualified Counsellor and EMDR Practitioner and has worked voluntarily for various Charitable Organisations, counselling, teaching and holding seminars. He also worked as a part time Tutor in Castlereagh College, Belfast teaching various counselling courses. He was ordained into full-time ministry in April 2004 and later appointed as Senior Minister of the Glenmachan congregation in May 2007 and officially installed in that position on Wednesday 12th September 2007.
Pastor Stephens has a clear vision for the future; to encourage young men and women to become active for God in their local Church with its community outreaches, supporting and co-operating with the Pastoral Leadership as it prepares them to become tomorrows Church with its diverse ministries, and to build a Church that is Bible based, Christ centred and Spirit-empowered, equipped to face the challenges of change in this 21st Century.
Pastor Stephens believes that despite society’s current sensuality and religious stagnation we will again see the Lord moving mightily through our land in revival, bringing the hearts of the people back unto Himself.
Already people are sensing a hunger for God, a fed-up-ness with the material things of life that can never fully satisfy, and a God-implanted desire to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Pastor Brian McNaul's life was changed by God's grace in 1982 when he surrendered his heart to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist David sums up Brian's testimony very well in Psalm 40 v 1-3,
"I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord".
Since 1982 Brian has always been an active member of the Church of God. He has served the Lord in door to door evangelism and visitation to senior members. He has held the office of church Deacon and also church Elder.
On 1st July 2008 Brian began fulltime ministry in God's service and was officially ordained as an assistant pastor in Glenmachan Church of God on wednesday 3rd September 2008.
Brian considers it a privilege and an honour to serve the Lord and to be part of a pastoral team that is committed and dedicated to work towards bringing spiritual growth and blessing among God's people at Glenmachan Church of God.
He believes that with God's help and anointing this people and this church will go forward in the lovely name of Jesus.