Carolyn is a Honorary Chaplain working one session in the Royal Victoria Hospital and one season in Musgrave Park Hospital. She is a Deaconess with the Apostolic Church, part of the Pentecostal Evangelical Movement, and regularly visits hospital patients as part of her Church ministry.
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.
Recently Carolyn has been appointed the Chapliancy Representative for the Apostolic Church for the UK Pentecostal Chaplains Association. This involves facilitating training and conference each year, as well as attending committees in England. Also for the Belfast Trust, Carolyn has taken part in a promotional film clip for Volunteers Week; chatting about her work as a chaplaincy volunteer and encouraging others to do likewise.
Carolyn feels it is a honour to be the first Other Churches Members Representative for the NIHCA and will be committed to representing and encouraging chaplains from ‘Other Churches”.