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About East Belfast Mission 

 
East Belfast Mission, a registered charity since 1985, moved into a £23m state of the art building known as “Skainos” (Greek for tent) in October 2012. 
 
All EBM projects are now under the one roof and the building is also home to organisations such as NIAMH, New Life Counselling, Tear fund, Replay Theatre Group, Age NI, Lush hair and beauty salon. Working in Community Regeneration in Ballymacarrett, a particularly socially deprived area of east Belfast, EBM has come a long way since the 1800s. EBM is part of the Methodist Church in Ireland and has a long track record of social engagement in the inner city and works to achieve “renewal and transformation in the East Belfast community”. 
 
EBM works across all communities offering a range of services to meet the needs of everyone. With over 100 staff currently employed and approximately 200 volunteers, the range of social projects include: 
 
A worshipping congregation at the church 
Church and Community outreach services 
Hosford homeless support service 
Stepping Stone- employability programme 

 
Social Economy Projects 

 
The social economy projects are the business arm of EBM and the income helps the sustainability of the social projects. A social economy business has 3 aims better known as “the triple bottom line” that is social, financial and environmental objectives. 
 
12 restore charity shops including a Vintage shop with bridal department 
refresh café and meals on wheels service locally 
refurb workshop dedicated to the refurbishment of good quality second hand furniture 
recycle bicycle repair workshop 
repaint project 
rekindle stick chopping project 
Bright Sparks day care nursery 
Skill project offering others the opportunity to learn from successful social enterprises 
East Belfast Social Enterprise hub which is funded by Invest NI to tackle local unemployment and reduce the number of eyesore derelict premises within communities 
 
 
Management 
 
Rev Margaret Ferguson 
Superintendent at East Belfast Mission 
 
Married to David, Margaret has three grown up daughters and three grandchildren. Margaret practiced as a teacher for some years before owning her own business.  
She was president of Holywood Chamber of Trade and was chair of Bangor and Holywood Town Centre Management Company. She sat on a number of business organisations within the North Down Council Area. Margaret heard God’s call to ministry in 1998. She served eight years on the Shankill Road, where she focused on making disciples and encouraged the church to engage with its local community. 
 
Trained in Pastoral Supervision, Margaret has been a mentor/supervisor for the Arrow programme, the Methodist TOM Team, Youth Link, the Presbyterian Church YAV programme and a placement Supervisor for Ministerial Students from Edgehill College. She became Superintendent Minister of East Belfast Mission in July 2014 and chairs the Mission Board. Her passion is discipleship; relationship evangelism and walking alongside those who seek to deepen their faith with God. Her interests are reading, gardening, sudoko, crossword puzzles and travel. 
 
Andrew Irvine is the Chief Operating Officer at East Belfast Mission.  
 
In this role he is responsible to the Mission Superintendent for the daily operation of all of the Mission’s services and social economy businesses. 
As Chief Operating Officer, Andrew is working to grow the Mission’s Social Economy businesses, in order to allow the Mission to increase its caring and support services in the community. Also a part-time Ministerial Student with the Methodist Church, Andrew is deeply committed to the Methodist conviction that the Church is called to be involved in society, bringing God’s love, hope and renewal. 
 
With a background in commercial property management, retail markets and city center management, Andrew has wide experience of: 
 
- Asset and Place Management 
- Organisation review and development 
- Business planning 
- Business development 
- Building partnerships 
- Managing change 
 
Andrew started his career with B.D.A. (Property Projects) Ltd, a Belfast property company which specialises in the redevelopment, letting and managing of commercial property. Moving to Belfast City Council in 2000 Andrew led the business regeneration of Belfast's historic St. George's Market, which was revitalised and grew to become one of the top 5 markets in the United Kingdom. Andrew was also behind the introduction and development of Belfast's highly successful Continental Markets at City Hall. 
 
In 2007 Andrew left Belfast City Council and joined Belfast City Centre Management Company. As Belfast City Centre Manager, Andrew had overall executive responsibility for the direction and management of BCCM, working with the Company’s Core Funders and private sector Principal Sponsors, to deliver an ambitious programme of measurable services into Belfast City Centre which continue to contribute to a cleaner, safer and more accessible city. 
 
Andrew graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Hons.) in Business Studies and has a postgraduate diploma in Place Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Andrew is a non-executive director of Belfast One Business Improvement District and a member of the Executive Council of Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce. 
 
In his spare time he plays the organ reasonably well, the guitar reasonably badly and is a keen Private Pilot. 
 
EBM Board 
Rev Margaret Ferguson  
Superintendent at EBM 
 
Hedley Abernathy  
Full time study at university and an active EBM church member 
 
Stephen Curragh 
Chartered Accountant with BSc Hon 
in Biochemistry 
 
Anne Ferguson  
Queens University graduate, Anne is a retired Electrical Engineer 
 
Britt Gilmore  
Minister at Knock Methodist Church from Orlando, Florida 
 
Jonathan Good  
Solicitor and member of Knock Methodist Church 
 
Linda Hopley  
Long serving board member and previously worked at senior level for the Eastern Health Board 
 
Gail Mercer  
University chaplin and member of EBM church 
 
Cecilia Smyth  
Dr in Geriatric medicine 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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