The Rev Ian Magowan was instituted rector of Connor and St Patrick’s, Antrim, in a service in St Saviour’s Parish Church, Connor, on Monday September 6.
The 59-year-old who was ordained in June 2007, was previously curate assistant in Killowen Parish Church, Coleraine, Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.
Ian is married to Hilary and the couple has three daughters, Katherine, 26, Joy, 23, and Grace, 19.
A former teacher, Ian is a native of Dungannon, Co Tyrone, worked in Drumglass High School from 1973 to 2004, where he was head of the school’s art and design department. He was leader in charge of the Scripture Union and also taught RE and technology. Ian is a past president of the Association for Art and Design (NI).
He was a choir member of Drumglass Parish Church, Dungannon, for 42 years, and was also a Sunday School Superintendent, parish visitor and youth group leader.
Ian is a keen photographer who enjoys music and plays the guitar. He is interested in art, reading and history.
Looking to his new role as rector of Connor and St Patrick’s, Ian said: “We are looking forward to the move and the challenge that lies ahead. I was so pleased to be called here and this is the next step in our journey of faith.
“I am looking forward to working the people in the two parishes and to getting to know everyone. This is big move for us.”