He trained as a hospital chaplain at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis in 1967-68. He served as a minister in Shankhill, Belfast and also at the City's Crumlin Road prison. From 1973 to 1979 he was director of the Corrymeela Community Centre for Reconciliation. In 2001 he was appointed president of the Methodist Church in Ireland. In 2005 he was one of two independent witnesses, the other being Father Alec Reid C.Ss.R., who oversaw the decommissioning of arms, a vital part of the peace process. In 2007 he was awarded the World Methodist Peace Award.
- BBC News Northern Ireland
- Watson, Beth Newton, Interview, "Sanctuary Moment," Pulse, Indiana University Health, Sept. 15, 2014, accessed Sept. 16, 2014 http://pulse.iuhealth.org/portal/intranet/home/IUHealth?prevpaf_dm=shared&paf_dm=full&paf_gm=content&dexmode=oneItem&paf_gear_id=7300002&documentid=186100022 ,
- IRA destroys all its guns to end 35 years of bloodshed. David Sharrock Ireland Correspondent. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, September 27, 2005; pg. 1; Issue 68503
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