My hometown is Dublin, but I’ve lived most of my adult life studying and working in the UK in Scotland, London and Manchester. I grew up in the Church of Ireland, with Presbyterian and Roman Catholic family influences, so ecumenism is something I hold dear. This is also reflected in my ministerial calling, as I trained at Spurgeon’s College and was ordained in the Baptist tradition, moving to the roll of URC ministers in 2015.
My ministry has been worked out in chaplaincy, community and urban church settings in London and Manchester. I love our URC expressions of what it means to be church, but also am passionate about finding new ways to share the message of God’s love and acceptance with those who do not connect with traditional forms of Christianity.
After some time in local church ministry I felt a call to further study and completed a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. I have experience of working in clinical and third sector settings as a chartered psychologist, and have been a service manager, therapist and clinical supervisor, all the while seeking to sensitively maintain my identity as a minister of Word and Sacrament.
I have joined the team at Northern College as the tutor in Ministerial Formation. This involves using my ministerial and psychological experience to help facilitate those training for ministry to develop personally, professionally and spirituality. I also oversee the placement programme. My areas of academic interest are in psychological resilience, trauma resulting from sexual abuse, pastoral care, mental health, the applications of mindfulness and spirituality. Part of my working time is with the North Western Synod, as the NSM for Clinical Pastoral Care.
I live in Manchester with my husband and two dogs.