The Rev Philip Benson, curate at Larne and Inver with Glyn and Raloo, has been appointed Priest-in-charge of the Parish of Kilwaughter and Cairncastle with All Saints.
Philip will remain in Larne during the vacancy which will be created with the departure of the Ven Stephen Forde for his new post as Dean of Belfast, and will move to his new parish once the vacancy is filled.
The Rev Harold Sharp will continue to look after Parish of Kilwaughter and Cairncastle with All Saints in the meantime.
Philip was ordained a deacon in September 2014 and served his internship in the Grouped Parishes of Finaghy and Upper Malone. He became curate in Larne and Inver with Glynn and Raloo following his ordination as a priest in September 2015.
Phillip is from Bangor and grew up attending Carnalea Methodist Church, where he was a member of the BB, attended the YF and later became a leader. He went to school at RBAI and studied Theology at Queen’s University, Belfast.
After graduating Philip worked for Goldsmiths Jewellers while completing a Theology Master’s Degree part-time. In 2009 he began working as a youth worker full time, while also helping to lead the youth group at St Gall’s Carnalea. Around this time Philip began to explore his vocation and he was accepted for training in 2012. His interests include football movies, music and history.
He is currently chair of the Connor Youth Council