The Team

Christopher St John (Incumbent)

Reverend Dr Chris St John grew up in Newtownabbey and attended the Church of the Holy Spirit. He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy where he met his wife, Andrea. For many years they lived in Holywood where their three children grew up. The family attended the parish of St Phillip and James, Holywood.
Rev Chris is a keen guitarist and played regularly in the worship team in Holywood. Prior to entering the ordained ministry, he spent many years involved in adult training and education. He possesses several degrees together with a PhD in Education from the University of Ulster.
After attending the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, he was appointed as deacon in Holy Trinity, Woodburn. Upon ordination to priest, he served as curate in St Mark’s, Dundela. In January 2021 he was instituted as rector of St Nicholas.
Rev Chris is passionate about encouraging Christian discipleship and spreading the gospel.
He loves all things Italian, especially pizza and can often be seen riding around Carrickfergus on a Vespa.

Rev Nathan Ervine

Nathan is from Lisburn. He came to faith at 19 and from then on, worshipped in Lisburn Cathedral, where he met his wife Grace. Together they have two boys; Jacob and Thomas. They also have a dog called Rudolph (who doesn’t have a red nose…). Nathan was ordained Deacon in September 2020 and served his Deacon Internship in Magheragall Parish, Lisburn. He was ordained Presbyter in September 2021 to serve his curacy here in St Nicholas’.
Before beginning training for ordination, Nathan did an undergraduate degree in Theology at the Irish Baptist College. He also worked as the Youth and Families’ Worker in St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast in his final year. Before that he trained as a joiner and worked building climbing frames and sheds.
Nathan is passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus. He is also passionate about seeing fellow Christians grow in their relationship with Jesus and being released in their gifts to serve him. Nathan is a passionate Manchester United fan, loves really good coffee, plays guitar, and loves Chinese food.

Below are the results from the last General Vestry elections.
The meeting was held on Wednesday 17th April 2023.

Rector’s Church Warden - Mr Philip O'Neill
Peoples’ Church Warden - Mr Samuel Stewart
Rector’s Glebe Warden - Mr Roy McAlister
Peoples’ Glebe Warden - Mrs Christine Cahoon

Parochial Nominators

Mr John Richardson
Mrs Christine Cahoon
Mr Ray Gilbert
Mrs Sharon Maxwell

Mr Robert McNeill (Reserve)
Mrs Valerie Kirk (Reserve)
Mrs Janice Nelson (Reserve)
Mrs Tamara Milligan (Reserve)

Select Vestry

Linda Mulvenny
Ray Gilbert
Alan Miles
Julie Irvine
Katrina Todd
Valerie Kirk

Philip O'Neill

Diane Innes
Graeme Miles
Sharon Maxwell
Samuel Stewart
Roy McAlister
Tamara Milligan
Robert McNeill
Christine Cahoon

Synod Representatives

Mr John Richardson
Mr Lynn Rodgers
Mrs Christine Cahoon
Mrs Valerie Kirk

Mrs Janice Nelson (Reserve)
Mr Ray Gilbert (Reserve)
Mrs Sharon Maxwell (Reserve)
Mrs Linda Mulvenny (Reserve)

Under 35 Representatives

Mr Robert McNeill
Mr Graeme Miles (Reserve)


Mr Alan Miles


Mr Charles Nicholson

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N Ireland