I am a lifelong member of St John’s Church in Rathfriland, Co Down. My involvement with my local church began when I was baptised. I became a member of the church choir and became a Sunday School Teacher. I was church organist for twelve years in our sister church at Ballyward, Castlewellan. I held the posts of Honorary Secretary to the Select Vestry and Leader of the Parish Youth Fellowship. During this time, I discovered God’s calling and enrolled as a parish reader, which led me on the path to ordination training. I am now in my second year of ordination training at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and am currently the Senior Student. My autumn placement is in the neighbouring parish of Seapatrick in Banbridge, and is proving to be a great experience of all things a parish has to offer.