Carolyn is a Chaplain working in the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital. She is a Deaconess with the Apostolic Church, part of the Pentecostal Evangelical Movement.
After completing a Pastoral Care Course with Belfast Bible College, a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry with the Irish Baptist College and the Hospital Visitors Course in Edgehill College, Carolyn started volunteering in February 2014. She considers visiting patients a privilege; being able to chat and listen to them, pray for them, read scriptures and share matters of faith. She finds it rewarding to bring comfort and encouragement to patients who are at a time of challenge due to illness.
Carolyn is the Chaplaincy Representative for the Apostolic Church for the UK Pentecostal Chaplains Association. This involves encouraging chaplains within the Apostolic Church, attending conference and committee meetings in England. She is part of a steering committee initiating the ministry of City Centre Chaplaincy in Belfast. This involves training new volunteers and being available each Monday morning to provide ministry around the city centre to the homeless and those in need.
Carolyn feels it is an honour to be the first Other Churches Members Representative for the NIHCA and will be committed to representing and encouraging chaplains from ‘Other Churches’.