A parishioner of Ballydehob Union – David Compton – was recently recommended for training for the ordained ministry and will soon commence the course at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. David has spent some years in dialogue with our Director of Ordinands, Dean Alan Marley, and with the Bishop. Bishop Colton sent David to the Bishops’ Selection Conference last March which gave its positive recommendation.
In his parish, David has been working as the parish treasurer and assisting as a Eucharistic minister. He has in the past also been active as a change-ringer in the Abbeystrewry Parish Church bell tower in Skibbereen, taught Bible study courses, and helped to found a not-for-profit church-run crèche. David has been a financial journalist and editor, following a career in marketing and strategy with several multinationals. He has a BA and MA in political science and an MBA in marketing, and is completing his doctoral dissertation in Islamic Studies in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin. His special interests include pastoral care, prayer life, spirituality, Christian education, and church growth.