The Venerable Dr Stephen McBride

"I was born in 1961, was brought up in Belfast by my father and mother Don and Claire McBride, with David and Naomi, my brother and sister. We attended Holy Trinity Parish Church at the top of the Oldpark Road. I attended Carr’s Glen Primary School in North Belfast and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. From there I read architecture at the Queen’s University of Belfast 1980-84 and theology at Trinity College Dublin 1984-87. I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1995 for research into 19th century church architecture.

"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 on the Antrim Road in Belfast. I returned to Antrim as vicar in 1995 and was appointed Archdeacon of Connor in 2002.

"I am married to Helen (Corporate Improvement Manager in Newtownabbey Borough Council) and we have two children, Rachael who was born in 1990 and Alex who was born in 1993.

"I was once an athlete, competing at 100m & 200m for Trinity College, Ballymena and Northern Ireland. I still try to keep fit by running or swimming a few times a week. This enables me to enjoy eating all kinds of food (except scallions and salad cream) and sampling fine wines without putting on too much weight. The more sedate pastime of golf now gives me an opportunity to give vent to my competitive instinct. I play at Massereene Golf Club in Antrim where I am one of the Hon Chaplains. Relaxation comes from watching most kinds of sport, going to the cinema and reading when I have the time. I play the piano and guitar and listen to a wide diversity of musical styles; from rock to Gregorian chant and Led Zeppelin to Stanford."