Michael started in chaplaincy as a volunteer in the Royal Victoria Hospital in 2014. After four years, he was appointed as bank chaplain for the Methodist and Others in Knockbracken Healthcare Park. This sparked his interest in mental health chaplaincy. He then moved to be the Protestant chaplain at the Adult Mental Health Inpatient Centre at Belfast City Hospital. He is also the chaplain for the Beechcroft Unit (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
Michael has served as Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplains Association Research Network since 2018. He is keenly aware of the positive impact that being research informed can have on practice, and hopes to help fellow chaplains become research literate. His own research interests include Dementia and Spiritual Care, Chaplaincy Involvement in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Occurrence of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (AVH) in Patients Receiving Psychiatric Care.
Michael has worshipped at Crescent Church, Belfast for ten years. He is very involved in pastoral and outreach ministries. He is married to Sophie and has one daughter, Betsy, who he adores.
The hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Heather believes it is fantastic to work in this secular environment in the name of our Presbyterian church, and to remind people that our church cares, but, more importantly, God cares. God is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we can stand, sit, walk or lie in his presence.
It is a privilege for Heather to have been a member of NIHCA for many years and now to serve as secretary. Heather always looks forward to events arranged by the NIHCA for chaplains, they are a great opportunity to learn, encourage and support one another.