The Rev Barry Porter being welcomed by local Elder Ross Barnett to the introduction service at Broadford Presbyterian Church.

THE Broadford Presbyterian Church announced the appointment of the Reverend Barry Porter as its new minister.

Mr Porter came to Broadford after serving 18 years as a Navy chaplain in the Australian Defence Forces, an appointment that saw him travel to many parts of the world including south-east Asia, north Asia, England and Europe.

The reverend is married to wife Sharan and they have three children and three grandchildren.

The church hosted an introductory service at Broadford on February 7, which was well-attended with people coming from across the state to welcome Mr Porter into his new role.

After the service there was a time of fellowship and an opportunity to catch-up was enjoyed by all who attended.

Mr Porter said he was excited about starting this role and looked forward to the challenges of serving God in a diverse and growing community with similar characteristics to those he served as a Navy chaplain.

He said the Broadford Presbyterian Church wanted to give a message of hope to the people of Broadford.