Reverend Rob Craig has been chosen as the next Moderator of the Presbyterian Church.
The 58-year-old, who is currently Minister of Kilfennan Presbyterian Church in Co Derry, was nominated by 17 of 19 presbyteries which met on Tuesday night.
He will take up office on June 3 in succession to Dr Roy Patton who continues as Moderator until then.
Dr Craig said he is happy to have been chosen.
“Personally I am deeply humbled and honoured to be elected Moderator and am delighted for the congregations and members within the Presbytery of Derry and Strabane and west of the Bann in general, for whom this a clear sign of support from the wider Presbyterian Church.”
Dr Craig will chair the 2013 General Assembly when it meets in his home city of Derry.
It is the first time in 22 years that the Assembly has met outside of Belfast, and longer since it last met in Derry in 1933.