New Families’ Associate commissioned in Ballyclare

Wednesday March 20th 2019

The Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth, Dianne and Luke Hamilton and Andrew Brannigan at the commissioning service in St John’s, Ballyclare.

The United Parish of Christ Church and St John’s, Ballyclare, held a commissioning service for new Families’ Associate Dianne Hamilton.

Dianne was accompanied by her husband Luke at the service in St John’s, Ballyclare, on St Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Although she was born in a military hospital in Germany and travelled a lot as a child, Dianne settled in Belfast when she was 10.

At the age of 18, after doing a foundation course in art and design at the University of Ulster, Dianne decided to take a year out to work with Youth for Christ as an intern in Geneva Switzerland, before hoping to go to university to study set design and stage management.

That year out changed the trajectory of her life and Dianne returned home to embark on a calling to youth ministry in the parish of St Paul and St Barnabas in north Belfast, Diocese of Connor.

Smiles from the workers!

For 12 years she worked with young people, local community groups, ran Streetreach, and helped other churches develop youth ministry within Connor Diocese, before a move to Trinity Church (CofE) Lewes, East Sussex, where she has been Youth Minister for seven and a half years.

She saw the job of Families’ Associate in Ballyclare on Facebook, and, feeling that God once again had a plan, she and Luke investigated further.

“The more we read about the churches, saw photos, chatted to Jonny (rector, the Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth) and other friends about the church, we quickly began to grow very fond of Ballyclare and the people there that we hadn’t even met! …and now God is leading us into something new, and very exciting!” said Dianne.

Luke, who is originally from Southampton and currently works for Pearson, is also very excited to see what God holds for him and Dianne in this new chapter of their lives. “I’ve felt for a long time that God would call us to Northern Ireland,” Luke admitted.

Dianne and Luke Hamilton.

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