Published Saturday, 07 September 2013
The dispute is centered on whether the minister should continue in his role. (© UTV)
In a statement the Reverend George Speers of Ballynahinch Congregational said he will not be deterred by what he describes as the "illegal actions" of a group of protestors.
The church's trustees say they are opposed to the Rev Speers' teaching and claim he was voted out last year. But he says he has always adhered to the teachings of the Bible.
He continued: "I will not be deterred from preaching the gospel by the illegal actions of a group of protesters. By their actions they have violated all that scripture teaches about worship and have denied others the fundamental liberty to worship without interference.
"I have been greatly encouraged by the messages of support given to me by members of my congregation, Ministers from various denominations and members of the general public.
"In obedience to God's will and with His help I intend to continue to fulfil my calling as minister of Ballynahinch Congregational Church."
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.
Another protest by the minister's opponents is planned for Sunday.
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