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Appointment of Rector of Ahoghill and Portglenone

The Rev Dennis Christie, Curate of Ballymena and Ballyclug, Diocese of Connor, has been appointed rector of the Grouped Parishes of Ahoghill and Portglenone, also Diocese of Connor.

Dennis, 43, is married to Jennifer and they have three children.

He has a BEng in Architectural Engineering from Queen’s University; an MSc in Transport from Imperial College, London; a Prof. Cert. in Ministry from the University of Chester and he graduated with a MTh in Theology from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2016.

Prior to his training for ordination, Dennis worked as a Transport Planning Consultant for 15 years in both the public and private sector.

He served placements in Holy Trinity Parish, Dromore, Co Tyrone; St Barnabas’ Parish, Homerton, Hackney, London; and St Mark’s Parish, Dundela, Diocese of Down and Dromore.

Dennis did his Deacon Intern Year (2015–16) at Muckamore, Killead and Gartree Parish, Connor Diocese. He was ordained a priest in Connor Diocese in September 2016 and has been curate at Ballymena and Ballyclug since then.

Dennis loves spending time with his family, walking the family dog Bob, reading, music, and following football and cricket.

Speaking of his appointment as rector of Ahoghill and Portglenone, Dennis said: “Jen and I are very excited about the prospect of serving God in this community, and we will be saddened to be leaving our church family in Ballymena.

“Serving as a Curate in the Parish of Ballymena, alongside Rev Mark McConnell and among so many encouraging parishioners, has been a great experience for my family and I.”

The date for the Service of Institution is to be confirmed.

The Rev Dennis Christie.
The Rev Dennis Christie.


Contact Details

Contact Details

For further information please contact:

Mrs Karen Bushby

Diocesan Communications Officer, Connor
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street
028 9082 8874
07766 103880