Chaplains's Welcome

The Venerable Dr Stephen McBride
Vicar of Antrim Parish and Archdeacon of Connor

I am fifty five years old and was brought up in the parish of Holy Trinity in north Belfast. Before ordination studies, I obtained a BSc in architecture at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1984. I am married to Helen who is Information Governance Manager in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. We have two of a family, Rachael who is 26 and Alex who is 23. After Theological College (1984-87) I was made deacon in 1987 and served as curate assistant in Antrim Parish. From 1990 – 1995 I was rector of St Peter’s Parish, Belfast. I returned to Antrim as vicar in 1995 and I was appointed as Archdeacon of Connor in 2002.

I am a keen golfer, was once an athlete, competing at 100m & 200m for Trinity College, Ballymena and Northern Ireland. I still try to keep fit by taking regular walks. I enjoy eating all kinds of food, sampling fine wines, watching most kinds of sport, going to the cinema and reading when I have the time. I play the piano, guitar and trumpet and listen to a wide diversity of musical styles from rock to Gregorian chant and Led Zeppelin to Stanford.

The Mothers' Union has played an important part in all the parishes I have been involved with and I am most grateful for all the support I receive from Mothers' Union members at so many levels in parochial ministry and at diocesan level. I have also observed at close quarters the commitment required in leading a parish branch. My mother Claire was Branch Chairman in Holy Trinity, Belfast for more years than the Constitution would allow. My late mother-in-law, Jean Clyde was Branch Chairman in several parishes and held senior positions in Armagh Diocese and Helen served two terms as Branch Chairman in Antrim.

The Mothers' Union from local parish level to international links has contributed so much to the life of the church and has enriched its ministry and mission in ways that could never be calculated. I am immensely proud to play a small role as your Diocesan Chaplain.