The House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland has appointed the Rev Dr Maurice Elliott to be the new Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.
Dr Elliott is currently the Rector of Shankill Parish, Lurgan. He will take up his new appointment in Spring 2008.
Widely respected in the Church of Ireland, Dr Elliott is a member of the Standing Committee of the Church of Ireland and serves on both the Doctrine Commission established by the Bishops of the Church in 2004 and the COI/Methodist Covenant Council. Dr Elliott also represents the Church as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, the largest representative and decision-making body of the Anglican Communion, and sits on the committee appointed to respond to the draft Anglican Covenant.
Dr Elliott studied at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.
Dr Elliott, is married to Kirsten, and the couple has three children. He said: “It is a singular honour to have been appointed by the Bishops to this new post of Director in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.
“The recently published Ministry Formation Plan has created an exciting new context for training at every level of church life. My hopes for the new process are that, under God, it might usher in a new era of growth across all our parishes; that there might be a deeper commitment by Church of Ireland people of all ages to worshipping and serving Christ together; and that more (especially younger) men and women might be enticed by the challenge and the privilege of leadership within ordained ministry.
“I genuinely believe that God has called me to this role. I therefore look forward to doing my very best in seeking to serve the whole community of the Church of Ireland, and to working along with the Bishops, the Board of Management and many others in delivering on the potential of this God-given opportunity.
“On behalf of my wife and family, I know that we would greatly appreciate the prayers, the support and the goodwill of everybody concerned.”