Sunday, 7 November 2010

Decanal Retirement

The Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend Dr Houston McKelvey OBE QVRM TD is to retire in April, 2011. The Dean told the congregation at Belfast Cathedral of his decision this morning.

A former Territorial Army Chaplain with 29 years' service to the Ulster and Scottish Gunners, Dr McKelvey has been Dean of Belfast since 2001. He was the first chaplain to be awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserve Medal, presented by HM The Queen.

The Dean is a former member of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland. He serves as a county chaplain for scouts and is a former district commissioner. A writer and local broadcaster, he is a former editor of "The Church of Ireland Gazette"; sails offshore; is married to Roberta - who is a Central Trustee of Mothers' Union. They have a son John - a civil servant in London.

Educated at Muckamore Primary School, The Royal Belfast Academical Institution; The Queen's University of Belfast from which he has a primary honours degree in geography and a Masters in Education; Trinity College, Dublin - theology; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Methodist seminary at North-Western University, Evanston, Illinois.

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