Congratulations to Revd Andrew Moore who has been ordained deacon for an internship in St John’s, Orangefield.
Andrew was ordained by Bishop David along with Elaine Pentland at a service in Dromore Cathedral on Sunday 22 August. The preacher was The Most Revd Pat Storey, Bishop of Meath and Kildare.
Andrew’s journey to ordination
I’m from Bangor and happily married to Laura, who I met when we were teenagers. We have a son and two daughters who take up most of our free time. I’m a Paramedic by profession having wanted to be one since I was 5 years of age, and I completed my Paramedic Science degree in Coventry University in 2009. Since 2020 I’ve been working in the Belfast Trust managing one of the departments in the Royal Victoria Hospital.
I grew up in Groomsport Parish where my grandmother would have taken me each Sunday. I was in the Boys Brigade and had a really comfortable experience of church as a youngster. I always knew God was about and that He was there for me. However, at 16 I really started to explore my sense of faith more and delve into what it meant to be a Christian.
This led to a bit of a roller–coaster of emotions and experiences but through that process a sense of calling appeared and grew stronger. Before long I had to bite the bullet and explore it. Thankfully Laura was at my side throughout the process and at several stages has kept me going. CITI has been a refuge in many regards, and whilst the academic side might not be my favourite part, the fellowship and friendships I’ve made have had a positive impact upon me.
Moving forward, I’m really excited to go to St. John’s Orangefield and get some hands–on experience as a member of the clergy. I’ve a great training Rector and I feel that we’ll get on very well. My family are excited to get involved in a new parish albeit with reservations about leaving our home parish of Bangor Abbey, but we’re confident that no matter where we go, God is always with us.