The Rev Canon Stephen Fielding, rector of Agherton Parish, has been appointed as rector of St John’s, Malone, Belfast.
A native of Londonderry, Canon Fielding has a degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, and worked as a geological technical assistant in London before studying theology at Trinity College, Dublin.
After his ministry training he was nominated to the parish of Bangor Abbey, Diocese of Down, and served as a curate there for four years under Dean Leckey and later Canon Ronnie Nesbitt.
In 1997 he was appointed rector of the parishes of Templepatrick and Donegore, Connor Diocese. He moved to Agherton Parish in April 2007.
Stephen was a Minor Canon of St Anne’s, Cathedral, Belfast, from 2002 until his appointment as a Canon of the Cathedral earlier this year.
Interestingly, he succeeded the Rev Canon Robert Jones, who moved to the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, as a Cathedral Canon, and now he also succeeds Rev Jones as rector of St John’s, Malone!
Stephen is married to Julia and the couple has two children, Christopher and Sarah.
“I leave Agherton with mixed feelings of gratitude having been privileged to have served there for over 11 years and of course sadness. However, I very much look forward to being with the people of Malone, to a new place and its fresh challenges.”
The date for the Service of Institution has yet to be confirmed.