Visiting Staff

Visiting Staff

The Church of Ireland Theological Institute benefits from visiting lecturers who contribute particular areas of expertise. Listed here are regular part–time contributors to the institute programmes:

Eamon McElwee, MA, MPS, HDE, MICT, MIITD

Pastoral and Practical Theology
Eamonn McElwee is an accredited counsellor, supervisor and trainer in private practice. He is former National Training Director of ACCORD, the Catholic Marriage Counselling Service. He lectures on counselling, marriage and supervision of counselling and group work on various training courses throughout the country. He works as a psychotherapist with couples and individuals in the Surgery, Strand Street, Skerries.

The Revd Dr Johnston McMaster, DMin


The Revd Jennifer McWhirter, BTh, BSc (Hons), Ag/An Sci, MTh

Pastoral Formation

Janet Maxwell, BA (Mod), MBA


The Revd Dr Heather Morris, BSc, BD, PhD

Pastoral Studies

The Revd Professor David Smith, MSc, BPhil, BD, STL, MA, STD, PhD


David Smith is Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Director of the MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law in RCSI and RCSI Bahrain – Medical University of Bahrain. He lectures on health care ethics in Trinity College Dublin, UniversityCollege Dublin, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Hibernia College. He is a member of the Irish Council for Bioethics, the Ethics Working Party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, the Ethics Review Group of the Irish Mecial Council, the National Council of the Forum on End of Life, the Church of Ireland’s Ethics Committee and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Roman Catholic Church. He is an Ethics Consultant to the Bon Secours Health System, Daughters of Charity Services for People with Intellectual Disability, Mercy University Hospital, Beaumont University Hospital, and the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary Services. He is also a member of a number of research ethics committees in Ireland and the United Kingdom.


Trinity College Dublin / ISE Staff

The Revd Doug Baker, BA, MDiv

Peace and Reconciliation

Doug Baker’s area of expertise is in peace–building and the churches in Ireland, conciliation and mediation, and ministry in a divided society. His special research area is the engagement of the Churches in peace–building in Ireland.


Dr Lesley Grant

Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages

Lesley Grant received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. She teaches in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute as well as in Trinity College Dublin, and Saint Catherine’s College of Education. Her research interests include state formation in the ancient Near East, legal traditions in Israel and other ancient Near Eastern states, the social status of women and the sociological study of ancient Israel.


Dr Maureen Junker–Kenny, FTCD 

Dr Cathriona Russell
Theology and Cosmology