Rev McRoberts appointed to St Matthew’s, Belfast

Friday May 11th 2012

Rev Tracey McRoberts.The Rev Tracey McRoberts has been appointed incumbent of St Matthew’s, Shankill, Belfast.

Tracey, 44, is currently curate assistant of the Parish of St Thomas, Belfast. A native of Donaghadee, Co Down, Tracey is a past pupil of Glenlola Collegiate, and was an active member of Donaghadee Parish, where she still has strong links.

She left school at 16 and went to work at Spence Bryson Carpets. At the age of 28 she studied for a BTh at Union Theological College, Belfast, and later did a PGCE which qualified her to teach RE at secondary school level.

Tracey was appointed Church Co–ordinator at Orangefield Presbyterian where she was very involved in the new church building.

Before she was selected for training for Ordination in the Church of Ireland, Tracey moved to Ballymacarrett Group of Churches in East Belfast, where she was ministry assistant.

During her two years training in Dublin, she completed a Masters Degree in Leadership and Pastoral Care at All Hallows College and following her ordination in 2009 she went to St Thomas’s as curate assistant.

Looking to the future Tracey said: “I am looking forward to meeting the people and sharing with them in ministry within the local community. I want to encourage everybody to play their part whatever their background or ability. I am a strong believer in the idea of team.”

She said she had a keen interest in strategic development. “I am very supportive of what Connor Diocese is doing in the Belfast area and am keen to get involved in what is happening beyond the doors of St Matthew’s,” she said.

Tracey has a son Philip, 17, who is studying at Further Education College.

Her institution as rector of St Matthew’s will take place on Tuesday July 3 at 8pm.

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