Jesus is Lord - Romans 10: 9
THE FIRST AMERICAN CONNECTION
Joseph Reagh a grandson of Matthew Rhea was ordained at Fahan in August 1748. The Rheas were descended from the
Joseph Reagh was a son of Matthew Reagh of Taboyne and educated at
" As I received the congregation of Fahan from the Presbytery of Londonderry, I have laboured in the work of the ministry above twenty years in that place and as the congregation has fallen into very long areas and has been very deficient in the original promise to me which was £24.00 yearly. I am unable to subsist any longer among them and I do hereby demit my charge of them and deliver them into the hand of them from whom I received them.
P.S. I have only this further to request of the Presbytery that they will see justice done me in that congregation in my absence."
So we find that in 1769 this supplication was presented by the Rev Reagh to the General Synod representing his circumstances to be so necessitous that he cannot live any way decently or comfortably in this part and he must transport himself and his family to some of the American colonies. Rev Robert Huey of Knowhead Presbyterian Church submitted a similar petition. The Synod ordered each congregation under its care to take up a collection to enable these two ministers and their families to emigrate to
Rev Reagh asked that the money he had already paid into the Widows Fund might be refunded to him again. This request at first was refused; but was resolved that a collection should be made for him in the various churches and be divided between him and Rev Robert Huey of Knowhead. It was with the understanding that if the two ministers and their families did not go to
On September 1769 he sailed from Londonderry to
In 1775 Rev Joseph Rhea preached at the settlement on the banks of the
Footnote - Mr. and Mrs Rhea from
THE SECOND AMERICAN CONNECTION
Then came Rev John Brown McBride who was ordained at Fahan on December 29 1860. He was born in Armoy in April 1835 and educated QCB ACB BA (QUI) and licensed Route Presbytery 1860. After about 6 months as a probationer, he was ordained in Fahan. There he continued during the whole of his active ministry. He was clerk of Derry Presbytery 1894-99 and married the daughter of William Coffey, Ballymoney in 1864. He resigned his charge on August 4 1896, in order to facilitate the union of Inch with Fahan. He resided in Cliftonville,
"He was distinguished for kindliness and warm heartedness and deep and sincere affection. He was a man of no ordinary attainments. He possessed a fine literary gift, which was recognised, in his appointment as examiner in English under the Board of Intermediate Education, a position that he held for a number of years. He also acted as superintendent of Intermediate and
It was during Mr. McBride's ministry that the manse at Fahan was built due to this trip to
The united change of Fahan and Inch gave a unanimous call to Rev Robert Lynn who was installed on November 24, 1896. Robert Lynn was born in Killaloo and educated MCD ACB GA in 1889 and licensed in Glendermott May 5 1891 and ordained at Aughnacloy on 13 December 1892 which he resigned from on November 3 1896. He was married in 1897 to Lizzie who was a sister of Rev John Brewster of Malin Presbyterian Church. His wife was a daughter of Mr. John Brewster J.P. a well known
Rev Henry's sermon to the congregation was that they not just provide and maintain their churches but encourage ministers by regular attendance. The hall will seat comfortably 150 and on the opening service 50 failed to find accommodation. Speaking after the sermon Prof. Henry said: - "Let us congratulate all concerned in the achievement we signalise by this evening service. The rapid growth of Fahan as a residential place and place of holiday resort has made urgent the need long felt for a regular Presbyterian service on the spot. The members of our church residents or lodging here are so far from a Presbyterian place of worship that the infirm, the old and the children, to say nothing of the indolent and slack, have been practically debarred from religious ordinances after the Presbyterian form. That is a condition in which our church could not leave its member without. A grave dereliction of duty, and to which this comfortable and tasteful hall with a regular Sabbath Service will put an end. The whole church will appreciate the local enterprise and zeal to which it is indebted for so timely an addition to its equipment for local work. The seaside summer holiday is a steadily growing institution. Work is becoming harder year after year and the need for rest and recuperation in the bracing sea air becoming more urgent. This brings our people in increasing numbers into watering places where the church accommodation is insufficient and where more must be provided for their religious interests go derelict and suffer. You have done spiritually well in putting up this little church and Presbyterianism will be strong and religion in the locality the better for it in all time to come ..... "
He congratulated the church members on their enthusiasm for the project especially that they are few in numbers and their resources not unlimited. Also the hall was paid for.
In the summer of 1905 the floor of the heating chamber at the church was to be covered with boards so to be used for housing the bicycles. In March 1906 the church was to start building the teachers residence at Burnfoot.