New Rector appointed to parish of Lisbellaw with Coolbuck


Revd William Jeffrey.

A new Rector has been appointed to the parish of Lisbellaw with Coolbuck in Clogher Diocese.

The Revd William Jeffrey, who has been serving as Curate Assistant in St. Mark’s Church in the Parish of Ballymacash, in the Diocese of Connor since 2018, was announced as the new incumbent following a meeting of the Board of Nomination.

The Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd Dr.Ian Ellis, welcoming Revd Jeffrey to the Diocese said; “I am very pleased with the appointment of Rev William Jeffrey to the parish of Lisbellaw with Coolbuck and wish him and his wife Alison well in their move to the west. He comes to us from the busy urban parish of St Mark’s, Ballymacash in the Diocese of Connor where his love of liturgy and pastoral care have been much appreciated by his parishioners.

“His engaging personality, skills and wide interests will soon be recognised and appreciated by his new parishioners,” Bishop Ellis said.

Looking forward to his appointment, Revd Jeffrey stated: “I am delighted, humbled and thoroughly looking forward to being in the Diocese of Clogher and serving the people as Rector of the Parish of Lisbellaw with Coolbuck.”

Revd Jeffrey’s home parish is St George’s, High Street, Belfast, in the Diocese of Connor and prior to his current position in Ballymacash, he served his Deacon Internship year in St Andrew’s Church, Killaney and St Ignatius’ Church, Carryduff in the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

Revd Jeffrey’s training for ordination included a Master of Theology degree through Trinity College, Dublin and the Church of Ireland Theological Institute where he was awarded the Weir Prize. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Ministry awarded by the University of Chester.

Prior to ordination, he was a Civil Servant (Deputy Principal) in a 32-year career within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. During this time, he became a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and later a Chartered Member of CIPD and holder of the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice.

Revd Jeffrey is particularly interested in the part which music plays in worship and encouraging optimum use of the Book of Common Prayer in services and in the daily personal devotions of parishioners. He has a heart for pastoral care and community outreach and a desire for people to have a committed relationship with the living Christ throughout their lives, encouraging all to use their gifts and talents in building up the Body of Christ and in furthering God’s Kingdom.

He is married to Alison and they have three grown up sons, Paul who is married to Amy, Matthew and Callum.
Revd Jeffrey has family links with Clogher Diocese. His late maternal grandmother was from Co. Fermanagh and he still has close relatives living in the Diocese.

Details of the date of the Service of Institution will be announced in due course.