Since completing a Clinical Pastoral Education Course (CPE) John has been involved in chaplaincy ministry serving as part the chaplaincy team in Antrim Area Hospital since September 2014.

He is married to Marian (a Staff Nurse), and they have four children John (22); David (20); Sarah (17); and Mark (15) and grandchildren Jackson and Willow.

John has been a Presbyterian Minister for over 20 years. He completed his Theological studies at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia.

John grew up in the Pomeroy area of Tyrone and prior to entering the Presbyterian ministry lectured in mechanical engineering at South Eastern Regional College.

He counts it a privilege to serve God as a hospital chaplain seeking to address the spiritual needs of patients, their families and staff. Every day the hospital environment brings new challenges and John is thankful for the opportunity to come along side folk of all faiths or none.

Outside of chaplaincy John enjoys spending family time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoys watching movies, playing pool and auctioneering at charity events.