Institution of Rev Tim Close as rector of Eglantine

Wednesday October 26th 2011

The Rev Tim Close (third right) is pictured prior to his institution as rector of Eglantine, with (from left) the Rev William Taggart, diocesan registrar; the Rev Clifford Skillen, bishop's chaplain; the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy; the former Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Dr Houston McKelvey, who preached at the service; and the Rev Peter Galbraith, rural dean of Lisburn. (Photo: David Orr)On a wet, stormy night, the Rev Tim Close was instituted rector of All Saints’ Parish, Eglantine.

There hadn’t been an institution in Eglantine in 22 years, and what a night it was! The conditions on Monday October 24 meant clergy and guests were ferried by parishioners in a fleet of cars from the car park and church hall up to the church.

The new rector is originally from Carrickfergus, and is married to Amanda, a teacher. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, the University of Leicester, and Trinity College Dublin.

Tim was ordained to serve as curate–assistant to the Venerable Archdeacon Gordon Linney in the Parish of Glenageary, Archdiocese of Dublin. He later returned to Northern Ireland to serve as Dean’s Vicar to the Very Rev Dr Houston McKelvey, Dean of Belfast.

The preacher at the service of Institution was the former Dean. In his sermon he spoke of the new rector as a prayerful and caring pastor and thoughtful preacher and stressed that his ‘motto’ would be to seek first the kingdom of heaven in his ministry which marked the start of a new era both in his life and ministry (and also of his wife, Amanda) and in the life of the parish of Eglantine.


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