IRVINE GREY

B.Th., M.A.(Manc.), M.Phil.(QUB)

Irvine Grey was born and brought up on a farm in Killadeas, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Theology from Queen’s University, Belfast and Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Manchester.

  • Irvine Grey
  • 30th August, 1946
  • 39 Calvertstown Road, Portadown, N.Ireland BT63 5NY
  • irvinegrey@yahoo.co.uk
  • 07831 804000
  • www.irvinegrey.com

About Irvine

  • Irvine Grey was born and brought up on a farm in Killadeas, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Theology from Queen’s University, Belfast and Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Manchester. In December 2012 he was awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy from Queen’s University, Belfast for his research into the 2x2 movement.

  • His research investigated the history, sociology and theology of a religious movement that had its beginnings in Co Tipperary, Ireland in 1897. Its founding fathers were a Scotsman, William Irvine who a few years earlier had moved to Ireland as a Faith Mission evangelist and Edward Cooney a businessman from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

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"Two by Two" - the Shape of a Shapeless Movement

  • The book, “Two by Two” – the Shape of a Shapeless Movement has emerged as a result of academic research into a religious movement that had its beginnings in 1897 in Nenagh, County Tipperary as a result of revelations received by its founding father, William Irvine, a Scotsman who was sent to work in Ireland by the Faith Mission. He was joined by Edward Cooney, a charismatic businessman from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh and together they emerged as the leaders of this new movement.
  • The book’s author, Irvine Grey undertook detailed investigation and research into a movement that refuses to take a name, although commonly called two by twos (2x2s) because their preachers operate in same sex pairs and generally behind a veil of secrecy. His research examined and analysed the movement’s history, sociology and theology and following the submission of his thesis for examination by The Queen’s University, Irvine Grey was awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy.

  • His conclusions will not receive universal acclaim, especially from those within the movement, but Irvine Grey is confident that they are the only conclusions possible following the evidence that emerged during the exhaustive research. However, the book will provide those outside the movement with an insight into its modus operandi. Outsiders wonder who are these folk that meet only in homes with homeless preachers who claim a mandate from Jesus Christ based on Matthew 10:5-15. Their missions are usually advertised in local papers as non-denominational Bible Talks or Gospel Messages but outsiders seldom venture in to these events.

  • This incisive book examines the claims of the movement, especially that they are the sole guardians of the gospel and that their preachers are in direct succession from the apostles ordained by Jesus Christ. The book’s foreword was written by Dr Derek Tidball, former principal of the London School of Theology and its preface by Dr Herbert McGonigle, former principal of the Nazarene Theological College. It carries a glowing commendation by Doug and Helen Parker, authors of The Secret Sect.
    Irvine states, ‘when I embarked upon this research I never intended that my thesis would sit on a library shelf and be only read by a few. I always wanted my work to glorify God and lead to the extension of His kingdom.’

  • Married to Ingvor from Jönköping, Sweden for thirty-seven years, they have four grown up children and six grandchildren. In 2008 Irvine graduated from Queen’s University with the degree of Bachelor of Theology following his studies at the Irish Baptist College. He continued his studies at the University of Manchester from where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts in Mission following his studies at the Nazarene Theological College and Cliff College, England.

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Contact info

  • Irvine Grey
  • 39 Calvertstown Road,
  • Portadown,
  • Northern Ireland,
  • BT63 5NY

  • Email: irvinegrey@yahoo.co.uk
  • Phone: 07831 804000
  • Website: www.irvinegrey.com

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