The Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth, Curate Assistant in the Parish of Jordanstown, has been appointed as Incumbent of the United Parish of Ballynure and Ballyeaston.
Jonny was brought up in Lisburn and attended St Paul’s Parish and later Lisburn Cathedral. He worked as Head of IT with a Northern Ireland-wide clothing firm, and his work took him to Coleraine where he worshipped in St Patrick’s.
Jonny then took on a job as an IT consultant with the UK Government, and for 10 years commuted to England, leaving home on a Monday and returning on a Friday.
“It was a stressful role but was a very high-powered successful job, working in Whitehall and places like that,” Jonny said.
“It was during this time I felt the call to ministry as a result of being around a lot of folk who were searching for things in their life such as wealth and success. God really reached me during that time.”
Jonny was among the first intake on the new MTh course at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. He was ordained a Deacon in September 2011 and did his internship in Holy Trinity Parish, Portrush.
He served his first curacy in him home church of St Patrick’s, Coleraine, and his second curacy in St Patrick’s, Jordanstown.
Jonny is married to Alison and they have two sons, Josh aged 12 and Nathan aged 9. He said the family was looking forward to the move to Ballyclare.
“Alison, myself and the boys are really looking forward to this new chapter. The sense of God’s call to us is so tangible,” Jonny said.
“We recognise that I am doing this under God’s guidance and I am not taking it lightly.”
Jonny said he and the family would miss the people of Jordanstown Parish.
“I want to thank the Rev Canon Nigel Baylor for his real pastoral care for us during the period after Alison was diagnosed with cancer and her subsequent treatment and recovery, and for the opportunity to discover gifts during that period,” he said.
“We will so miss the people of Jordanstown but are excited to develop new relationships in Ballyclare.”
The date of the Institution has yet be confirmed.