Alpha Marriage Course for church leaders

Tuesday January 4th 2022

The Church of Ireland Marriage Council is running an Alpha Marriage Course for church leaders and their spouses later this month.

The course is open to all church leaders, including lay readers who serve in this role, as, for example, lay chaplains, church plant leaders, Church Army officers etc.

The Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth, rector of Ballynure and Ballyeaston (Ballyclare) and Chair of the Church of Ireland Marriage Council, said the last two years have been extremely difficult for anyone involved in leading a church community.

“Sometimes as we care for others we can so easily forget to care for ourselves and our own relationships,” he said. “In considering this as a Marriage Council, we wanted to provide encouragement to church leaders and their spouses to carve out time to support each other in your marriages.”

The Online Marriage course will be run by the Rev William and Tanya Olhausen, and is being offered in partnership with Alpha Ireland. There will be no group discussions. “This is simply valuable time for you as a couple to invest in your marriage,” Jonny said.

The Marriage Course starts on Wednesday January 19, with each session beginning at 8pm lasting an hour and a half. Alpha Ireland can provide an alternative start date for anyone who already has diocesan commitments. Costs will be covered by the Marriage Council

Book your place on this course HERE.

If you have any further questions or would like to hear more about the course, please contact John Quinn from Alpha Ireland on +353 83 4879542 or

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