Rev William J Harshaw was installed as minister of Mountpottinger on 19th April 1993. At his first session meeting Mr Harshaw indicated he wanted to impact the local community around the church and intended to commence door to door outreach on a weekly basis. He also planned to extend the work of the Home Bible Study Groups. He was most conscientious in his endeavours to do so and was passionate about this outreach initiative. Mr Harshaw was instrumental in inspiring the Clearing your Vision programme which was aimed at developing the life and witness of the congregation. When Mr Harshaw took up his ministry at Mountpottinger session felt a new manse was needed and so 80 North Road was sold and the property in Crawford Park purchased. William and Jill along with their family Kim, Rebecca, Ben and Alexander soon settled into their new surroundings, schools and congregation. An avid football supporter William was regularly found following his beloved “Blues” wherever they went – a constant source of banter for the many Glentoran fans within this East Belfast congregation! Rev Harshaw resigned as minister of Mountpottinger having completed 5 years of faithful ministry in the congregation.
On 3rd November 1999 Rev Johnston Lambe was installed in the congregation of Mountpottinger and has been welcomed into the congregation with a genuine warmth and affection by all. His roots as a Belfast City Missionary have given him many different skills and talents to share with the congregation as we continue to reach out into the community in which we are placed. During his ministry we have seen the development of many aspects of congregational life, including a men’s meet up and lunch, the opening of the charity shop Mission Possible, a neighbours and traders Christmas Dinner and the continuing outreach into the community particularly with the children and young people. The introduction of MASK After Schools Homework Club and such initiatives as “Off the Street” have been a blessing to those who serve in this area as well as a much needed support to those who attend. Our purpose is to see Christ’s Kingdom extended within the fellowship of Mountpottinger and the community in which we are placed. We celebrate 150 years of service in this corner of East Belfast and we look forward to seeing what God has planned for the future as we prayerfully seek His guidance and will for Mountpottinger in the years that lie ahead.