The Parishes of Maghera and Killelagh are looking forward to the arrival of their new Rector following the announcement that Rev Jonathan Brown is to be the parishes' next incumbent. When he is instituted, Jonathan will succeed Rev Terence Kerr who retired last September.
The new rector is presently a curate at St Malachi’s (Hillsborough) in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and news of his appointment was shared with parishioners in his current and new parishes this morning.
Jonathan was born and raised in Dundonald and went to Methody College. He read for a degree in Biblical Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a Masters in Theology. He has been serving as a curate assistant in Hillsborough since 2019.
Twenty months ago, Jonathan married Julie, who is a primary school teacher, and the couple are “very excited” about his appointment to the parishes of Maghera and Killelagh. “We are just over the moon,” Jonathan said, “and can’t wait to get our sleeves rolled up and get started. Having met wonderful nominators, we are so looking forward to getting to know all the parishioners and sharing our lives with them as we grow together in the Lord’s love and convey his love to the community.”
“I will be very sad to leave the people of Hillsborough who have been so supportive and encouraging, but Julie and I know that this is the next step in the Lord’s plan.”
Rev Brown cited one particular verse from scripture, Zeph. 3:17, which he said was very important to him and shaped his ministry: ‘The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.’ “This is our God,” Jonathan said, “a mighty saviour who delights in his children and bestowing his love.”
In the little spoare time available to him, Jonathan enjoys playing chess and reading. He describes himself as a dog lover and says he and Julie are looking forward to getting a new pet as they prepare for their move to Maghera.
A date has yet to be confirmed for the Service of Institution but in the meantime the couple are assured of the prayerful support of all in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.