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Governing Council

The body charged with the oversight of the Theological Institute of the Church of Ireland is the Governing Council. The full details regarding the agreed governance arrangements for the institute can be seen here.


Archbishop of Dublin

The Most Revd Michael Jackson

MA, PhD, DPhil (Chair)

Bishop of Connor (House of Bishops)

Rt Revd Alan Abernethy

B.A., Dip.Th.,B.D.

Bishop of Clogher

Rt. Revd John McDowell

B.A.Hons., B.Th., Dip.B.S.

Diocese of Dublin

Mr Geoffrey Perrin

Member of the RB Executive

Diocese of Clogher

Mrs Ethne Harkness

Standing Committee lay member

Mr Roy Totten

Standing Committee clerical member

Ven Robert Miller

Educational expert appointed by House of Bishops

Maeve O’Brien

Chief Officer, RCB (ex officio)

Mr David Ritchie

Ex Officio

Revd Canon Maurice Elliott

MA, BTh, MPhil, PhD

Dr Maurice Elliott studied languages, linguistics and theology in St Andrews, and theology through both Dublin and Belfast. His academic interests include homiletics, the theory and practice of contemporary Christian leadership and Anglican Reformation ecclesiology.

Staff member appointed by House of Bishops

Katie M. Heffelfinger

BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD

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Student Representative, Non–Residential Cohort

Revd Anne Lodge

Bursar, Theological Institute

Lynda Levis

Student Representative, Residential Cohort

Jonathan Cockerill