Portadown man the Rev Dr Ian Ellis had been appointed as rector of Rossorry Parish, Rossorry, the second largest in the diocese of Clogher, on the outskirts of Enniskillen.
The vacancy arose during the early summer when the previous incumbent, the Very Rev Arthur Barrett, took up the position of Dean of Raphoe.
Dr Ellis, who lives in Portadown with his wife Heather, is currently secretary to the Church of Ireland Board of Education NI. He worships at Seagoe Parish Church in the town.
He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1979 with a BSc in Physics, completed a PGCE and taught in Antrim Grammar school until 1986 when he began training for the ordained ministry in the Church of Ireland.
He graduated from Trinity College Dublin and the Church of Ireland Theological College in 1989 with a BTh and was ordained to serve as curate assistant in St Mark’s, Armagh from 1989-1991.
He was then appointed rector of the grouped parishes of Loughgall and Grange, also in Armagh diocese, where he remained until taking up his current position in 2002. He completed a Doctorate in Education at the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 and his topic was a study of the relationship between pupils’ spiritual development and school ethos.
Heather is a human resource professional and has retired from the Southern Health and Social Services Trust. She is currently co-ordinator of fundraising and communications for Down and Dromore Diocesean Mothers’ Union.
Her other interests include Rotary International, volunteering with the Trussell Trust foodbank, and Roots of Empathy - a classroom programme for primary school children.
Ian said, “I am really pleased and honoured to be appointed to Rossorry parish and look forward to getting to know the parishioners. It will be a great privilege to live and serve God in the beautiful surroundings of Enniskillen.”