A warm welcome to the Rev Ian Mills who joins the Cathedral clergy team for a number of weeks this summer.
Ian, who was ordained a Deacon in Connor Diocese last August, has served an Internship in the parish of St John the Baptist, Agherton, and is due to take up the role of curate in Larne and Inver, Glynn and Raloo following his ordination as a priest in September.
Ian has a very musical background. He grew up in Derry where he was a Chorister in St Columb’s Cathedral. He did A-levels at Foyle College before studying a Bachelor degree, a Master’s degree and eventually a PhD in Music at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Before studying at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Ian worked as Organist and Master of the Choristers in Derry Cathedral under the leadership of the Very Rev William Morton, now Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. He also kept a busy freelance schedule as a recitalist and accompanist, and taught in St Malachy’s College and Methodist College, Belfast. Ian was also involved in making music with various choirs and ensembles.
He is married to Kelly-Ann, a Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Royal Victoria Hospital and a lecturer in medicine at Queen’s University.
His many interests include aviation, gardening and, unusually, the architecture of the London Underground!
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Stephen Forde, said: “Ian will be helping us at Belfast Cathedral over the summer months. He comes to us with a wealth of musical and cathedral experience. He was also, previously, organ tutor to our current organ scholar, Jack Wilson. So Ian is well known through musical circles.
“However, the varied life of the Cathedral will give Ian further experience in ministry to take to his curacy position at Larne, Glynn and Raloo where he will be working with the Dean’s recently appointed successor to those parishes.
“As a curate of the diocese we also hope that Ian will share a longer relationship with the musical life of Belfast Cathedral. Please make yourselves known to Ian as he is with us on weekdays and for a number of Sundays across the summer.”