Revd Jennifer McWhirter
BSc (Hons), BTh, MTh
Part–time Co–ordinator of CME
Jennifer started out studying Animal Science at Harper Adams University College, where her research was in the area of ruminant animal nutrition. She then moved to Dublin to study theology for ordination. Following the completion of her ordination training at the Church of Ireland Theological College, Jennifer moved to America where she completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and worked as a hospital chaplain in Hartford Hospital, Connecticut.
On her return to Northern Ireland she was ordained in September 2004 in Connor Diocese and worked as an Assistant Chaplain in both the Royal Group of Hospitals and Belfast City Hospital, at the same time serving her curacy in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.
In October 2005, she was appointed Church of Ireland Chaplain to Belfast City Hospital, and she remained in that role when she moved to St Nicholas’s Parish, Belfast as Assistant Priest. During that time she began studying for her Masters at Edgehill Theological College and her dissertation was entitled, ‘Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell: The Christian Understanding and Experience of Death.’
She was instituted as Vicar of the United Parishes of Templepatrick and Donegore in January 2008 and left the parish at Easter 2013 to take up her new role as Co–ordinator of CME.
During this time Jennifer was part–time Chaplain in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast and she still acts as Secretary to the European Network of Healthcare Chaplaincy. She was also Chaplain of the Church of Ireland Ministry to Deaf people in Northern Ireland until her move to Co Mayo in March 2015.
Jennifer is married to Stephen, who is Rector of the Kilmoremoy Union of Parishes and they live in Ballina with their daughter Kizzy.