The Rector Mark McConnell

Mark was instituted as Rector of the parish on 1st June 2016. A native of Lisburn, Mark was very involved in the life of Lisburn Cathedral. After school Mark had several jobs within the Northern Ireland Civil Service, finishing his career there in what was IDB House, now the House of Fraser store in Belfast. After coming to faith in his mid-twenties a clear call began to serve God. This led to training at Oakhill Theological College in North London followed by ordination to the Diocese of St. Albans and a curacy in Christ Church Bedford. This was followed by ministry in Bangor Parish, Killyleagh Parish and the United Parish Ballynure & Ballyeaston (Ballyclare).

Mark is married to Cherith and they rejoice in their three children Daniel, Matthew and Erin. Mark enjoys following all sports especially his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, Chicago Bears and Ulster Rugby. Reading for relaxation, collecting old records, fishing (badly) and when fit long-distance walking are some of his other interests.

Reflecting on his move to Ballymena Mark is deeply humbled, surprised and trusting in God as He watches and listens in these early months. He is looking forward to getting to know the parish family in Ballymena and even remembering some of your names in say 10/15 years time!

To contact Mark please email   or tel 077 5954 5932

Rev Emma Carson

Emma is in her second year of curacy in Ballymena Parish. She grew up in Fermanagh, Lisburn and Belfast and worked as a primary school teacher before going forward for Ordination.

Before coming to Ballymena, she belonged to Willowfield Parish in East Belfast. During her ordination training she did her Deacon Internship in Magheralin Parish in Down and Dromore Diocese.

Emma tells us that she is really enjoying her time in Ballymena Parish! She is enjoying seeing God at work here and looking forward to what is to come.