Tributes paid following passing of much loved local church pioneer and pastor
Tributes have been paid following the death of a much-loved and well-known local woman, Rosemary McAuley, who sadly passed away peacefully at Antrim Area Hospital yesterday, Thursday 26th January.
Along with husband Robert, the couple pioneered Victory Praise Community Church which began with a handful of people meeting on a farm in the hills of Glenwherry, before moving to its current facility in Pennybridge Industrial Estate.
Rosemary was known for having a heart for the hurting, and sought along with husband Robert, to create a spiritual home that offered healing and hope for those struggling with addictions and other life impacting challenges.
After pastoring for 21 years, in September 2007, Rosemary and Robert were released from full time pastoring but continued to minister in many churches across the island of Ireland.
According to those who knew Rosemary best, "her love for God was only closely matched in her love for people".
A spokesperson for Ballymena Elim Church commented:
"No doubt you would have read today Rosemary McAuley went into the presence of her Saviour.
"As Pastors, leaders and all at Ballymena Elim we want to put on record the incredible anointed woman of God she was.
"The influence and legacy of not only Rosemary but also her family will always be in our DNA as a church."
Rosemary was the devoted mother of Diane, David and Lisa, and grandmother of Grace, Ian and Emily.
A funeral notice posted by James Stevenson & Son states:
"Following a private family burial, a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for her life will be held in Ballymena Elim Church, Castle Street, Ballymena, on Monday the 30th at 1pm.
"House strictly private.
"Family flowers only please donations if desired for Chest Heart & Stroke NI (c/o James Stevenson & Son 30 Cushendall Road Ballymena BT43 6HD).
"Will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and the entire family circle.
“'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints.' Psalm 116 v15"