My name is Norman Harrison. I am the Presbyterian Chaplain in the Royal Victoria Group of Hospitals. I am also the Presbyterian Church in Ireland representative on the N.I.H.C.A Executive Committee.
I am married to Janet and have three children, Scott 15, Christopher 12 and Eve 10. We live in Seahill, North Down.
I grew up in Dundonald, and began my Christian life aged 15 in St Elizabeth’s Church of Ireland. I joined Christchurch Presbyterian Church after my father died, influenced by the ministry of Rev Jim Waring. I first heard God’s call to ministry aged 16 and went to Union College at QUB after A Levels.
At the age of 24, completing my ministry studies, I became Assistant Minister of Dungannon Presbyterian Church, and was ordained in 1992. In 1994 I was appointed Minister of Clogherney Presbyterian Church, Omagh and, in 2001 received the call to High Street, Holywood Presbyterian Church where I remained until my appointment to the role of Chaplain in 2015. I began chaplaincy work in 2011 as a volunteer in Marie Curie Hospice, and became a full time employed chaplain in 2015.
I am committed to training, to which I owe an immense amount personally, as a means to uniting and educating chaplains, enabling us to work at the highest professional standard, ensuring we are regarded as such across the UK among our peers and across the services in which we operate among our professional colleagues.