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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



New curate at Hillsborough Parish Church

The Rev Simon Richardson Curate AssistantThe Rev Simon Richardson is the new curate at Hillsborough Parish Church where he will assist the Rector, the Very Rev John Dinnen - Dean of Down. He replaces the Rev William Nixon who left last April and now has pastoral oversight of a newly formed congregation in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mr Richardson, from Folkstone in Kent, is a former member of St John�s, Folkestone. He was educated at St John�s College, Durham where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theology in 1996. He trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, being awarded a PGDip in Applied Theology in 2003, and an MA in Ministry from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2006.

He was Ordained as Deacon in Canterbury Cathedral in 2003 and served in the Trinity Benefice, Folkestone, Diocese of Canterbury (2003-2006). During his ministry in Trinity Benefice he was Ordained Priest in 2004 by Dr Rowan Williams. He was appointed curate of the Parish Church of St Malachy, Hillsborough on Sunday 3rd September.

Simon is married to Myra and they have two children Erin (age 6) and Patrick (age 3). He lists as his interests music (playing the piano and organ, and listening to music), reading anything he can lay his hands on, cooking, and spending time with people.