The rector of St Augustine’s Parish Church, Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, Rev Canon Malcolm Ferry, has been appointed rector of the Parish of Agherton, Portstewart, Connor Diocese.
Canon Ferry is married to Carol (pictured above) and they have three grown up children, James (23), Sarah (22) and Rebekah (19).
Brought up in a large family in the Parish of Donaghmore, Armagh Diocese, the young Malcolm attended St Michael’s Church in the village of Castlecaulfield, where he was a member of the Boys’ Brigade and taught Sunday School. He graduated from Stranmillis College, Belfast, and taught for two years before taking a position in industry.
Through the fellowship of vocation in the Diocese of Armagh, Malcolm entered Church of Ireland Theological College and after ordination was appointed as Curate Assistant to Agherton Parish, Portstewart, in 1996.
Following his first incumbency in Kilwaughter and Cairncastle with Craigyhill in the Diocese of Connor (1999–2003), he moved to the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, where he was rector in Castlerock with Dunboe and Fermoyle (2003–2008) and Clooney with Strathfoyle (2008–2014), before moving to St Augustine’s.
“I want to pay tribute to the people of Derry and Raphoe where we have been very happy,” Canon Ferry said. “Their kindness and love supported us during difficult times and we will be forever grateful for the times we shared together. It was a special honour in the Diocese of Derry to be appointed Canon and join my older brother Canon David Ferry in the Cathedral Chapter of St Columb’s.”
Canon Malcolm said his appointment as rector of Agherton brings him back to the church where his ordained ministry began. “We have many happy memories and Agherton Parish was formational for me in my ministry,” he said.
“I am delighted to be going ‘back home’ to the town and people of Portstewart. Agherton Parish was a place of great generosity and diversity and with that came many unique and rewarding opportunities. I look forward, with the people of the parish, to the challenges and opportunities yet to come and we journey forward with God.”
Canon Ferry's interests include music, football (he is a Manchester United Fan) and enjoying the company of good friends.