The Rev Amanda Adams was instituted rector of the parishes of Ballyrashane and Kildollagh on Thursday July 2.
Miss Adams, who is originally from Lisburn, is no stranger to Coleraine, having spent many summers with her Godparents in the area, and working in the town for 10 years while she lived in Portrush.
She is an economics graduate from Queen’s University, Belfast, and worked for the Inland Revenue all over Northern Ireland. She has been living in Ballymoney for the past 14 years.
She began her studies at the Church of Ireland Theology College, Dublin, in 2003, and was ordained a deacon in June 2006. Since then she has been curate assistant in St Patrick’s, Ballymena.
Miss Adams said: “I am very much looking forward to being rector of Ballyrashane and Kildollagh. I do feel some trepidation but it will be good to be in an area I know so well.”
The institution was by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, and the service took place in St Paul’s, Kildollagh.