A service of institution of the Rev Dennis Christie as rector of the Grouped Parishes of Ahoghill and Portglenone took place in St Colmanell’s Parish Church, Ahoghill, on Wednesday June 26.
There was standing room only at the service. The preacher was the Rev Canon Mark McConnell, rector of Ballymena (Kilconriola) and Ballyclug, and Dennis was instituted rector by the Bishop of Connor’s Commissary, Archdeacon George Davison.
Dennis, 43, is married to Jennifer and they have three children. He comes to Ahoghill and Portglenone from Ballymena Parish, where he has been curate since 2016.
Dennis has a BEng in Architectural Engineering from Queen’s University; an MSc in Transport from Imperial College, London; a Prof. Cert. in Ministry from the University of Chester and he graduated with a MTh in Theology from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2016.
Prior to his training for ordination, Dennis worked as a Transport Planning Consultant for 15 years in both the public and private sector.
He served placements in Holy Trinity Parish, Dromore, Co Tyrone; St Barnabas’ Parish, Homerton, Hackney, London; and St Mark’s Parish, Dundela, Diocese of Down and Dromore.
Dennis did his Deacon Intern Year (2015-16) at Muckamore Killead & Gartree Parish, Connor Diocese. He was ordained a priest in Connor Diocese in September 2016 when he moved to Ballymena and Ballyclug as curate.