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New rector instituted in Drumbeg Parish (Down)

Diocesan News

Added on 19/11/2012

Diana McVicker (People's Churchwarden), Bishop Harold Miller, Revd Willie Nixon and Sandy Wood (Rector's Churchwarden)
Diana McVicker (People’s Churchwarden), Bishop Harold Miller, Rev’d Willie Nixon and Sandy Wood (Rector’s Churchwarden)

On Friday 16 November, the Bishop of Down and Dromore, The Rt Rev’d Harold Miller instituted Rev’d Willie Nixon as incumbent of the Parish of Drumbeg. The preacher at the service was Rev’d Trevor Johnston (Ireland Team Leader of Crosslinks). The Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman William Leathem and Mr Basil McCrea MLA for Lagan Valley, also attended along with local clergy.

Willie is a native of Co Fermanagh and grew up in the Parish of Magheracross in the Diocese of Clogher. He was educated at Ballinamallard Primary School, Gloucester House Preparatory School and Portora Royal School before studying Agriculture at Reading. 

Willie then joined his parents on the family dairy farm where he enjoyed life as a dairy farmer for four years. After responding to a call to ordained ministry which he had first sensed aged 16, Willie read Theology at Trinity College Dublin; was ordained deacon in 2000 and priest in 2001.

He served as curate–assistant both at St Paul’s Parish, Lisburn and then at the Parish Church of St Malachy, Hillsborough. He worked as a church planter alongside Emmanuel Church in the Diocese of Edinburgh before returning to Northern Ireland and the incumbency of Killaney and Carryduff.

Willie’s passion is teaching the Scriptures and reaching beyond the Church in mission. He will continue as Dean of the Dufferin Area Deanery and as the Church of Ireland Prison Chaplain at Hydebank Wood Women’s Prison and Young Offenders Centre, a role he very much enjoys.

He looks forward to being able to proclaim Jesus, who is both Lord and Christ, in Drumbeg, alongside these other areas of interest in his service of Jesus.

Mayor of Lisburn with Revd Willie Nixon
Mayor of Lisburn with Rev’d Willie Nixon

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For further information, please contact

Annette McGrath
Down & Dromore Diocesan Communications Officer
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street

Tel: (028) 9032 2268
Fax:(028) 9023 1902
Mob: 07595 231958
Email: DCO
Web: www.down.anglican.org


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