Published Tuesday, 03 September 2013
The dispute is centered on whether the minister should continue in his role. (© UTV)
There were extraordinary scenes at Ballynahinch Congregational last Sunday as around 40 churchgoers got out of their seats during two services to heckle Reverend George Speers.
Police had to be called to the Dromore Road church to calm things down, with the minister trying to continue speaking through a megaphone as the crowd shouted and jeered.
The row started because the congregation is divided over support of Rev Speers - those involved cite personality issues and a dispute over how decisions are made in the church.
Church trustee Samuel Graham, who had to be removed from the building during the weekend's trouble, told UTV that those who oppose him will continue their demonstrations.
He said: "Come next Sunday I would say it will be very much the same. People are of an opinion that this man must go.
"Many people that have attended this church for years, some of them 60, some of them 70, some of them 80 years, are very annoyed at what is happening."
Rev Speers met with his supporters on Monday but didn't want to be interviewed; however he has told those closest to him that he is not ready to leave.
His supporters allege a vote which was taken to remove him was unconstitutional.
© UTV News