In spring 2006 David Latimer’s church, First Derry Presbyterian, was paint bombed yet again. David’s normal reaction was to keep his head down and say nothing, but this time he decided to go public about the attacks. Live on Radio Foyle he appealed to Martin McGuinness to help, believing that he was the only man in the city who could protect the church.
Little did David expect that Martin McGuinness would be at the church within a few hours, and that this first meeting would mark the beginning of a remarkable relationship that evolved and developed over the next eleven years.
In A Leap of Faith, David tells how that meeting led to a strong and lasting friendship that was as close as it was unexpected, and that was cemented by their joint commitment to peace building and improving the lives of Northern Ireland’s young people.
Covering a series of key events – including David’s speech at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Martin McGuinness’s handshake with the Queen and their joint work for peace in Derry – this timely, heartfelt and moving book tells the inspiring story of a friendship that had lasting impact in Derry and beyond.
Reverend David Latimer has been minister at First Derry Presbyterian Church since 1988. He was previously minister in Lisburn, and Donaghmore in County Down. He served as an army chaplain at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2008. He has written for a string of papers including Derry Journal, Belfast Telegraph and Irish News.