Rev. Gabrielle A. J. Farquhar  B.A.  M.Th

Born in Dublin of Scottish and Huguenot descent. The third child of four born to John and Lily Ellis.

  Nurtured spiritually in Abbey Presbyterian Church Dublin under the ministry of Rev Billy Moran and Rev Alan Martin (both with a deep concern for Mission and the Church’s responsibility to nurture and speak out for the weak and vulnerable).  Worked for some time in the Human Resources Dept. of Bank of Ireland.  Was later Administrator for Dublin Central Mission of the Methodist Church in Ireland and, before studying for the ordained ministry, was Manager of the Barrett Cheshire Home in Dublin.  

1990- Studied at Trinity College Dublin obtaining a Hons. B.A. Degree in Biblical and Theological studies 

1991- Edinburgh University – New College – Master in Theology, M.Th. 

Undertook placements as student chaplain in:

      Mildmay Hospice, London caring for people with AIDS

      Royal Edinburgh Hospital for psychiatric patients and

      St. Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh. 

1991 – 1994- Assistant in Hillsborough Presbyterian Church

1993- Ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament

1994- called to  Ballycarry Presbyterian Church 

Married Maurice Farquhar in 1999.

Current Positions held within the Assembly and wider Church:

Convener  – Panel on Pastoral Care of Manse Families and Congregations (General Board)

Boards of  the Church – Member of General Board, Board of Education and Board of Studies & Christian Training.

Rep. for PCI on: IICM (Irish Inter Church Meeting) and the ICC (Irish Council of Churches) 


Rep. for PCI on URC (United Reformed Church) Church Relations Committee 1997-2000

Religious Education Representative for Presbytery 2000-2006

Ministry of Healing Co-ordinator for Presbytery 2001-2004

Convener of PCI World Church Relations Committee 2001-2004

Member of  WARC (World Alliance of Reformed Churches) European Area Committee 2002-2006

Boards of the Church – Member of Social Witness Board, Youth Board and Inter-Church Relations Board. 

Interests and Concerns:

Member of the Corrymeela Community for Peace and Reconciliation for nearly 30 years

Mission – Care for the whole family of God – the forgotten, the stranger and vulnerable

Visited India with a team from ICC in 1979 and Abbey Presbyterian in 1989

Co-led a team from Ballycarry to Malawi in 2000 and 2004 - working with our partners/helping to make a difference/ enlightening young and old on ‘who are the poor’!

In all I do, and in how I live my life, I strive to follow the example of Christ


‘I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me’  Phil 4:13