Canon Sam Wright
(Rector)

 

 

Sam enjoys football, bowling and takes an interest in sport. He likes to go to the movies, theatre and concerts. His wife Paula, and now grown up children and his grandchildren are the people he loves being with most, so family occasions, home comings, and holidays are precious times for them to share together.

He came to know Christ in a personal way as a teenager through Scripture Union camps.  Ballyholme Parish, Bangor is where he grew up and he has been involved with the Church Mission Society for the past 30 years. He previously served in inner city Belfast and in two rural parishes near Enniskillen and became Rector of the Cathedral in February 1999. 

He is passionate about offering relevant teaching and worship, and he is deeply engaged with our parish mission link in the Diocese of Yei in South Sudan, which he visited in 2010.

You can email Sam. His day off is Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev Denise Acheson
(Assistant Minister)

 

 

Denise grew up in a family of eight siblings in Co. Fermanagh. She entered Ministry training in her late 40's, served her curacy in Ballyholme Parish under the now Bishop of Connor - Bishop Alan, and then became rector of Dunmurry Parish. Following some time away from ministry due to family bereavement, Denise says that the opportunity to work at Lisburn Cathedral was unexpected. Though she will be with us part-time until August 2017, she hopes to be very involved in the Pastoral and Spiritual life of the Cathedral.

You can email Denise here. 

 

 

 

 

 

Gareth Campbell
(Youth Worker)
 

 

 

 

Gareth has lived around the Lisburn area most of his life having grown up in Ballinderry before recently buying a house in Maghaberry with his wife Sarah. Gareth attended Wallace High School where he studied Maths, Physics and Moving Image Arts before leaving to take a gap year with the CIYD Jump team. Following on from his gap year he went on to study Youth and Community Work with Practical Theology at Belfast Bible College.

In his spare time he likes to play football or relax by taking the scenic route around a golf course.

You can email Gareth. He might get a day off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Crawford
(Children's Ministry Intern)

 

 

Sarah was born in the Lagan Valley hospital and became a Christian at the age of six. She attended Hunterhouse College where she completed her A Levels. She has recently obtained a BA (Hons) in Theology following three years of study at Belfast Bible College. Sarah joined Lisburn Cathedral nearly two years ago and is passionate about ministry, pastoral care and serving God’s children.

 

In her spare time Sarah likes to read and take her dog Ruby for walks. Her second passion in life is tea and not just any old teabag in a mug, but the real stuff made from leaves and in a proper teapot.

 

You can email Sarah but make sure she has had a cup of tea first! 

     
Garvin Jess
(Parish Administrator)

 

 

Garvin has attended the Cathedral since the early 1970’s, he went to Sunday School and Youth Fellowship here. He  became a committed follower of Jesus in his teens, he says ‘many seeds were planted in his heart from a young age through godly parents, Sunday school teachers and youth leaders. He is married to Frances, and they have 2 daughters, Aimee and Chloe. He has served the church as Parish Administrator for over 6 years, and sees the role as a real opportunity to use his skills and experience for God’s glory and the furthering of His kingdom.

Garvin is a recently commissioned lay reader, something he put off for a long time, enjoys walking, reading and cooking, also tinkles on the banjo, and importantly is not a Liverpool fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen McLoughlin
(Worship Co-ordinator)

 

 

Stephen was born and bred in the shadows of the cathedral and is privileged to be serving God as part of the cathedral team. Stephen loves music, of all styles, and especially in worship. He isn't interested in football in the slightest, and when Stephen isn't banging a piano or busied by his wife Judith or 3 daughters, he loves to laugh.

His favourite verse is “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” ‭‭(Eph ‭4:2)‬  His favourite quote is 'What day is it?" It's today," squeaked Piglet. My favourite day," said Pooh, and his favourite joke (at the moment) is 'last night me and my wife watched 3 DVDs back to back - luckily I was one facing the telly'!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Gibson
(Coffee Room Manager)

 

After 30 years in banking and having been a parishioner since 1983 Heather joined the Cathedral staff in Dec 2013 as the coffee room manager. Her vision is to use the coffee room as a means of engaging with the local community and those from further afield. In addition she wants to provide  opportunities for parishioners to meet and have fellowship.
Her interests are travelling, flower arranging and all things crafty. Definitely NOT interested in football!!!
She is married to the recently retired Ken and has one son Philip recently married.