The Rev Brian Lacey, rector of the United Parish of St Peter and St James, Belfast, is the new Rural Dean for North Belfast.
Brian studied Archaeology at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he attended the Church of the Resurrection and later joined the congregation at St Thomas’s, Lisburn Road, where he served for two years as People’s Church Warden.
He worked in a number of jobs, and was Sexton in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, before training for Ordination at the Theological College in Dublin. During that time he served as Student Reader in St Thomas’s, as well as in placement parishes including Ballymacarett in East Belfast, the Student Chaplaincy at Queen’s, the grouped parishes of Finaghy and Upper Malone, and the Independent Evangelical Church in Gran Canaria.
In 2010 Brian was ordained as Curate Assistant in the Parish of Kilconriola (Ballymena) and Ballyclug, and he has been rector of St Peter and St James since June 2013.
He takes over as North Belfast Rural Dean from the Rev David Lockhart, who is moving to the Parish of Larne and Inver, Glynn and Raloo.