The Rev Jennifer McWhirter has been appointed Chaplain for the Church of Ireland Ministry to Deaf People.
Jennifer is a former rector of Templepatrick and Donegore Parishes in Connor Diocese and is now Co–ordinator of Continuing Ministerial Education (CME) at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. She is also a former hospital chaplain.
She succeeds the Rev Canon Will Murphy as Chaplain for the Ministry to Deaf People. Will is retiring at the end of this month after more than 33 years in the role.
Looking forward to her new chaplaincy, Jennifer said: “I think I bring a strong pastoral background and love of people. Many of the people I will be visiting are elderly and I have much experience both from hospital and parish of ministry to the elderly and vulnerable.”
Jennifer has just completed an NVQ Level 3 in British Sign Language. She added: “Through my completion of a certificate in deaf awareness a couple of years ago I have a knowledge of deaf culture and I have some very good friends who are deaf and will support me as I start this ministry.”