Catherine has a passion to see people come to faith and to know Christ better. She is passionate about team ministry and individuals being released in their God given gifts and consequently seeing the local church impact its community and beyond.
Rev Catherine Simpson joined us in May 2019 she is a past pupil of Ballymena Academy and graduated from the University of Lancaster with a Primary Education degree.
After graduation Catherine worked as a primary school teacher, it was in 2010 she left her role as Vice Principal of McKinney Primary School, Dundrod to train for ordination at the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin. After ordination she served as Deacon Intern in Castledawson where she completed her Masters in the Churches response to Peace-making, ‘The extent to which intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence the engagement of a parish with the process of reconciliation in its local context, local context being specifically urban, rural and cross-border.’ After her internship in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, Catherine was appointed the curate in Seapatrick Parish Banbridge, Diocese of Down and Dromore, during this time she wrote a course call ‘Be Reconciled’, which was launched on the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement – www.bereconciled.co.uk.
SELECT VESTRY 2021/22
Chair (Rector/Vicar) Rev Catherine Simpson
Rector/Vicar’s Churchwarden Ian Richardson, Peoples’ Churchwarden Frank Williams, Rector/Vicar’s Glebewarden Mark Smyrl, Peoples’ Glebewarden Ian Duncan, Honorary Secretary David McIlhagger , Honorary Treasurer Tony Gregg
Jackie Bates, Claire Gregson, Philippa Hastings, Phil Houston, Hazel Johnston, Derek Kinnen, Clive Penton, Lauren Penton, Vi Tregenna