Tribute to Dr Alan Cairns

Dr Alan Cairns

Dr Alan Cairns

A Tribute to Dr Alan Cairns on behalf of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster.


Dr Alan Cairns, one of the stalwarts of the Free Presbyterian Church, passed into the presence of his Saviour on Thursday 5th November 2020 after a short illness.

His passing will be felt deeply throughout the Free Presbyterian church family.

In 2 Samuel 3:38, David said after the death of Abner, “Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel”. Those sentiments express our feelings at this time in relation to Dr Cairns. As a preacher of the Word of God, he had few equals. A man with a brilliant mind, with such a grasp of the deep things of God and the ability to portray them in language that any of us could understand. Engaging, interesting, thought-provoking, yet always with a spiritual shepherd’s  heart. Adults respected him; children loved him.  Death takes the most precious, the most godly, the most devoted.

We thank God that He called him into the Lord’s work in the Free Presbyterian Church.  Many of us count it a joy and honour to be able to call him a friend, a colleague, a Pastor, a confidant, a man of God.  We mourn his passing.

However, our sorrow is tempered by Gospel hope. In John 17:24 the Lord Jesus prayed, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given Me’.  Dr Cairns closed his eyes in death upon earth. In heaven he now beholds Christ in the full orbed light of His glory. Remembering one of his publications, he has already viewed Christ, ‘Throned in Highest Bliss’.

As a denomination we want to express our deepest  sympathy to Mrs Cairns, Frank, Whitney  and their family on their deep loss and assure them of our support and prayers at this time of sorrow.

Rev John Armstrong
Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

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