Born in Dublin of Scottish and Huguenot
descent. The third child of four born to John and Lily Ellis.
Nurtured spiritually in Abbey Presbyterian Church Dublin under the
ministry of Rev Billy Moran and Rev Alan Martin (both with a deep concern
for Mission and the Church’s responsibility to nurture and speak out for
the weak and vulnerable). Worked for some time in the Human Resources
Dept. of Bank of Ireland. Was later Administrator for Dublin Central
Mission of the Methodist Church in Ireland and, before studying for the
ordained ministry, was Manager of the Barrett Cheshire Home in Dublin.
1990- Studied at Trinity College Dublin
obtaining a Hons. B.A. Degree in Biblical and Theological studies
1991- Edinburgh University – New College
– Master in Theology, M.Th.
Undertook placements as student
Mildmay Hospice, London caring for
people with AIDS
Royal Edinburgh Hospital for
psychiatric patients and
St. Columba’s Hospice in
1991 – 1994- Assistant in Hillsborough
1993- Ordained to the Ministry of Word
1994- called to Ballycarry Presbyterian
Married Maurice Farquhar in 1999.
Current Positions held within the
Assembly and wider Church:
Convener – Panel on Pastoral Care of
Manse Families and Congregations (General Board)
Boards of the Church – Member of General
Board, Board of Education and Board of Studies & Christian Training.
Rep. for PCI on: IICM (Irish Inter Church
Meeting) and the ICC (Irish Council of Churches)
Rep. for PCI on URC (United Reformed
Church) Church Relations Committee 1997-2000
Religious Education Representative for
Ministry of Healing Co-ordinator for
Convener of PCI World Church Relations
Member of WARC (World Alliance of
Reformed Churches) European Area Committee 2002-2006
Boards of the Church – Member of Social
Witness Board, Youth Board and Inter-Church Relations Board.
Interests and Concerns:
Member of the Corrymeela Community for
Peace and Reconciliation for nearly 30 years
Mission – Care for the whole family of
God – the forgotten, the stranger and vulnerable
Visited India with a team from ICC in
1979 and Abbey Presbyterian in 1989
Co-led a team from Ballycarry to Malawi
in 2000 and 2004 - working with our partners/helping to make a difference/
enlightening young and old on ‘who are the poor’!
In all I do, and in
how I live my life, I strive to follow the example of Christ