A former member of the Ulster Volunteer Force who became a pastor in England after serving an 11-year sentence in the Maze prison will speak at a special service of healing in St Anne’s Cathedral on November 6.

Pastor David ‘Packie’ Hamilton will be speaking on the theme ‘How Healing Comes Today.’

David was imprisoned in 1978. He had a strong Christian conversion in 1980 which he attributes to the fervent prayers of an elderly lady called Annie Beggs.

On his release from prison in 1983, David became a full time Christian worker, evangelist and preacher, working firstly with Prison Fellowship and Teen Challenge before becoming a pastor of a large independent church in Manchester.

He is now retired and undertakes preaching engagements wherever and whenever called. He has a repertoire of factual stories to tell, bringing them alive with a style which can be very humorous.

David is the author of A Cause Worth Living For: My Journey Out of Terrorism, published in 2008.

His appearance in St Anne’s Cathedral will be at a Special Service of Healing organised by the interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries. The service begins at 8pm.

David will also be speaking in St George’s, High Street, Belfast, on November 6 at 1pm and in St Finnian’s, Cregagh Park, Belfast on November 7 at 8pm.