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David Montgomery

David Montgomery

Based in: Co. Down
Position: Director of Christian Unions Ireland 

Monty has been Director of CUI since 2013. He studied for his BA in English with Music at Stirling University and received his MDiv from Regent College, Vancouver, where he specialised in Old Testament. He has also received his doctorate from Covenant Theological Seminary, St.Louis for a thesis on bi–vocational church planting in Ireland.

Monty also served as a Presbyterian Minister in three churches in Belfast and County Wicklow. He has spoken internationally, published a book on worship, written articles on Wisdom Literature, forgiveness, reconciliation, childlessness, hymnology and a Christian approach to sport and has helped organise the Irish Preachers’ Conference for several years. He also teaches Preaching at the Irish Bible Institute in Dublin.

Monty is married to Gwen, a professional de–clutterer, and when he is not grappling with the cryptic crossword from the London Times, he enjoys cycling around Co. Down, is a passionate Manchester City fan and devours crime fiction.

Why Monty loves working with CUI: 

 “I can’t think of a more rewarding job. It is an amazing privilege to be able to encourage, teach and help with the spiritual development of the next generation of leaders. I love every aspect of it: from first meeting them as apprehensive freshers at pre–term through toothier maturing as wise young graduates or witnessing their first tentative steps into full–time service, perhaps through the Relay programme.”

Personal CU/Student Highlight:

“I vividly remember taking a day off in the Scottish moors the week before I became CU President at Stirling and God reassuring me through his words to Moses in Exodus 23: “See, I am sending my angel ahead of you to guard you along the way” Those were two very formative years in my own spiritual development and leadership and God proved faithful even in the midst of my failures and weaknesses.”

While Monty is based in Co. Down he frequently travels throughout the island visiting the various regions, as well as connecting with the wider IFES World family in Europe and further afield.

Jo Chipperfield

Jo Chipperfield

Region: Leinster – Dublin
Position: PA to Director

Jo is a very creative person and she loves music, drama, writing, dancing, composing and art. Jo studied at The University of Wales and graduated in 2010 with a music degree and then went on to work in the performing arts industry in England, doing an internship with a theatre company and eventually working as a singer on a cruise ship. In 2013, Jo moved back to Dublin and attended Bible College at the Irish Bible Institute, and it was there that her passion grew to see people come to know God.

Why Jo loves working with CUI: 

“Student ministry is an area that I think is really important and I hoped that I would get to be a part of it in some way after finishing my studies. University was a very formative time in my life but it was also an amazing time of opportunities and training and a place where I made lifelong friends who I know I will always be very close to. I love coming alongside people and being a part of their individual journeys and my heart is to see young people come to know Jesus. So, I started working for CUI only a few weeks after I graduated from IBI, which was an absolute answer to prayer. I love my job here and all the wonderful people I get to work with.”

Jo works part–time in the CUI Dublin Office.

Sally Patty

Sally Patty

Region: Northern Ireland – Belfast
Position: Head of Office

Sally is a graduate of UU Jordanstown and later worked there in Business/IT research before leaving to join the UCCF Ireland team as Administrator. She has served in this role first full–time and now part–time for 20+ yrs, but as no two weeks are ever the same it continues to throw up new areas of learning.

She is married to Steve and they have 2 children – Esther and Joshua, and they are part of the church family at Holywood Baptist Church. As a family, when not found in one of the many local coffee shops or parks, they enjoy swimming, exploring new places and even occasionally camping.

Why Sally loves working with CUI:

“University was the time in my life where I grew most – matured as a person and as a Christian, CU and IFES were central to this. I love seeing students grasp what the Gospel means for them and the impact it can have on their lives, studies and future. I especially love the Worldwide nature of the ministry. This affords our students the chance to be exposed to other IFES movements, whether through attending conferences, going on summer teams or spending a year or more serving another Student movement. I’ve seen firsthand the impact that has had on those individual students and those with whom they come into contact.

It is a privilege and a blessing to see God at work in students’ lives in Ireland and around the world.”

Sally works part–time in the CUI Belfast Office.

Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny

Region: Leinster – Dublin
Position: Leinster Team Leader & CU Staff Worker 

Peter is from Co.Tipperary originally and enjoying life in Dublin for the past couple of years. He is blessed to be married to Méabh and have a baby son, Fionn, who keeps them busy but brings so much happiness! Peter enjoys learning about new stuff and understanding stuff that he already knows about a bit better: coffee, cooking, technology, photography and the like.

Why Peter loves working with CUI: 

“I love working with CUI because my student days were times of such change for me. The Christian Union and, in particular, my Staff Worker had a huge impact on my faith. As a result, I really wanted to be involved in student ministry and that is still part of what motivates me. It’s so exciting to see God tangibly at work in the lives of students. Sometimes there can be deep change in the midst of just one Bible study or prayer meeting. Other times it’s a slower, more consistent transformation over their years in third–level. Either way, it’s great to see students become more like Christ as they grow in the fruit of the Spirit and share the good news of Jesus with their friends.”

Personal CU/Student Highlight: 

“I still remember the first time I went to one of the big CUI (or IFES Ireland, as it was then) conferences. I walked into the hall (late, I should add!) and was met with a wave of singing as students of my own age were singing God’s praises. I had never experienced anything like it before and it really affected me to see so many of my peers who were willing to sing at the top of their voices to praise God.”

As well as leading the team in Leinster, Peter works with the CUs in UCD and DCU.

Jeremy Haworth

Jeremy Haworth

Region: Leinster – Dublin
Position: CU Staff Worker

After graduating from Trinity College Dublin, Jeremy served as an apprentice and then as a staff member at Immanuel Church Dublin. A period of travel and mission in India followed before he returned to Dublin to serve with CUI. He is married to Claire and father to baby Olwyn.

Why Jeremy loves working with CUI: 

“I love watching students being gradually transformed by the presence of Christ in their lives. To have a role in that process is a great privilege. It is deeply encouraging to see students mature in their faith, gradually applying it to all aspects of their life and developing a passion to reach their campus with the transforming message of the gospel. Working with CUI means massive variety, and I enjoy that. A typical day might see me meeting with students one to one or journeying across the country to another campus to visit a CU, training a group of students for outreach or leading Bible studies, organising a weekend away or hosting a student gathering in our home…the list goes on.”

Personal CU/Student highlight: 

“The friendships I formed through the CU were deeply impactful. One highlight from my student years stands out: I was invited along to E:Con in 2006. It was a nationwide gathering of students organised by IFES Ireland (the former name of CUI.) The deeply–felt sense of community and togetherness combined with the input of the IFES team really impacted me. I saw that I was part of something bigger. It helped to cement my commitment to CU and, more importantly, my commitment to Christ.”

Jeremy works with the CUs in TCD and MU and also heads up The Hub – a weekly training night for the CUs in Leinster.

Louise Hacking

Louise Hacking

Region: Leinster – Maynooth
Position: CU Staff Worker

Louise is from Ballyclare and studied Music at Ulster University’s Magee Campus. She enjoys listening to music, playing the guitar, chatting over coffee, and she loves penguins and gadgets.

Why Louise loves working with CUI: 

“I love having opportunities to chat with students about their faith and journey with God. I count it a privilege to walk alongside students as they discover more of who they are in Christ and to be able

to encourage them to seek the Lord with all of their heart, soul, strength and mind as they navigate the joys and struggles of university life”

Personal CU/Student highlight: 

“For me, CU was a chance to meet with other believers and worship God on campus through bible study, prayer, praise and outreach. It was a formative time in my journey with God and I am thankful for the opportunities I had to lead people in worship and grow and be stretched as I stepped out and trusted God.”

Louise works with the CUs in MU, TCD and DIT.

Lorna Morrison

Lorna Morrison

Region: Northern Ireland – Portstewart
Position: CU Staff Worker

Lorna studied English Literature and History at Edinburgh University, and Teaching English as a Secondary Language at Queen’s University. She loves to drink tea, bake, read, chat and receive post!

Why Lorna loves working with CUI: 

“My job means encouraging, supporting, and equipping students in their relationship with God and I love watching lives being transformed by the love God has for them. The openness and friendliness of students never ceases to amaze me, and I am filled with admiration as they continually seek to grow in their knowledge of God, and be a witness to those they interact with, and making God known and glorified on their campus.”

Personal CU/Student Highlight: 

“I loved my Small Group at university– it was great being able to join with fellow students and study the Word of God. It was a time for fellowship, encouragement and real blessing in a diverse group, as we learned and struggled together, while adapting to university life.”

Lorna works with the CUs in LYIT, UUM and UUC.

Amy McCall

Amy McCall

Region: Northern Ireland – Belfast
Position: CU Staff Worker

Amy studied English with Linguistics in Queen’s University Belfast. Since then she has worked in a chaplaincy and worked as an English teacher in the Basque region of Spain. She enjoys the finer things in life; Gilmore Girls, Laser Tag, Japanese prank videos, Peking chicken, water fights and Grumpy Cat. You can usually find her in some café looking ‘artsy’, reading Harry Potter in Spanish and enjoying a strange fruit tea.

Why Amy loves working with CUI: 

“For me, university was a time where God taught me so much about Himself and His mission, and so I’m really excited about how much students can transform and grow while they are at university. I absolutely love this work because of the potential students have at university to share the gospel with many different people – you’ll probably never meet so many people from different cultures and backgrounds ever again!”

Personal Highlight:

“A highlight of my time in the Christian Union was giving tea and coffee to anyone who walked past in South Belfast outside the university. It was a great way to ask people to question their worldview and consider Jesus. I made friends with some people I chatted to on the street, listened to people’s stories and opened my Bible with others.”

Amy works with the CUs in UUJ, QUB, Stran and BMC.

Jonny McClune

Jonny McClune

Region: Northern Ireland – Belfast
Position: CU Staff Worker

Jonny is from Belfast and studied Architecture at Queen’s. After working for a year he completed a PGCE and taught in secondary education for 4 years. Jonny loves playing sport both competitively and recreationally and in particular, rugby. He enjoys playing and listening to music, watching movies, coffee and naps.

Why Jonny loves working with students/CUI: 

“I love having the opportunity to work with and journey with students because it is such an interesting and stimulating time in their lives. It’s a joy to help and guide them as they make decisions and both develop their ability as leaders and grow in their faith.”

Personal CU/student highlight: 

“As a student I tried as many new opportunities as I could, social, sporting and faith–based. I met so many different people from all sorts of backgrounds and made some lifelong friends. My favourite and most memorable were those in Christian leadership, both the times of study and focused development and those of increased responsibility where I had the opportunity to speak and develop my gifts.”

Jonny works with the CUs in QUB, UUJ and UUB.

Peter Grier

Peter Grier

Region: Munster & Connacht – Cork
Position: Munster & Connacht Team Leader & CU Staff Worker

Peter grew up in Belfast in a Christian home, he enjoyed the rich heritage of Bible teaching that NI has to offer, as well as the joy of being a Christian Bookshop manager’s son. Leaving to study maths and philosophy at the University of Nottingham, before doing “Relay” there (and some hockey coaching), he realised that he missed Irish culture and the coastline of Ireland more than he thought! Now 4 years in Cork, he can be found hanging out in coffee shops, playing any sport that’s going (though particularly hockey) and pondering about a theology of travel. As well as going from north to south, he has been growing in his appreciation of eastern culture and worldview and you’ll often see him with Arab friends, eating tagines, learning Arabic and playing 5–a–side soccer.

Why Peter loves working with CUI: 

“The “times they are a–changing” (as Mr Dylan would say) and I think it’s a fascinating time not only to be in Ireland, but to be at the heart of that change in the student world, where university lectures will impact what the country will move on to believe, and the students will become next generation’s leaders of the country and of the Church. As the country seems to be making its theme tune “losing my religion”, it’s incredible to be able to equip and inspire such passionate, young believers as they seek to change their campus, society and the world by proclaiming the good news of Jesus, and seeing many coming to know Him across the land. What a joy!”

Personal CU/Student Highlight: 

“CU was transformational in my life, as I learnt how to apply my rich theological upbringing to real life. Having never met such a diversity of people before, it was amazing to be able to meet up and study the Bible with people from the Secular Society, LGBT society, Islamic society, some of my hockey team, housemates and course–mates, and see them respond to Jesus in different ways. But my highlight was definitely our “nine20” small–groups, in areas where every student lived (whether in halls or off campus), that gave every one of 33,000 students a chance to meet Christians and to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ during their time at university – what an incredible legacy to have over 3 years as a CU!”

Peter is the Munster & Connacht Team leader and works with the CUs in UCC, CIT, ITTra, WIT, and ITC.

Helen Blakey

Helen Blakey

Region: Munster & Connacht – Galway
Position: CU Staff Worker

Helen graduated from St Andrews University in 2011 with a degree in French and Spanish. After uni, she did the Relay programme in Stirling and spent a year working as a youth worker in Bangor before moving to Australia for several years. She is married to Joel and is now living in Galway. Helen loves spending time with people, visiting new places and drinking coffee.

Why Helen loves working with CUI: 

“I love working with students because they have amazing potential to shape their areas of study and work for the Gospel. I believe that many people make decisions as students that will impact the rest of their lives and therefore it is important to point them to Christ as they navigate the joys and struggles of student life.”

Personal CU/Student Highlight: 

“A highlight of my time as a student in CU was going to Forum Scotland (a day of evangelism training for all the CUs in Scotland). The main speaker talked on Acts 17 and reminded us that God is in every part of life and that people are searching for Him whether they realise it or not. It was a great challenge and encouragement that we were not to limit God or believe that certain people were beyond the reach of the Gospel.”

Helen works with the CUs in NUIG, ITS, UL, LIT and AIT.

Kim Patterson

Kim Patterson

Region: Leinster – Dublin
Position: Media Intern

Kim is from West Cork and studied Multimedia in CIT’s Crawford College of Art & Design, which she graduated from in 2015. She recently finished the 10 month Relay programme with CUI. Kim has an interest in exploring the relationship between media and the church and loves to create things which present the gospel in a real and relevant way through the use of Digital Media. When not in front of her laptop, Kim can be found drinking lots of tea, reading, exploring coastlines, taking lots of pictures and experimenting with cuisines from different countries!

Why Kim loves working with CUI: 

“Our student years are often the point where many think through what they believe and why they believe it, that’s why having CUs on campus – an environment which people can come with questions and have opportunities to explore God’s Word to find answers to these questions, is so vital. CUI played a big role at this point in my life and gave me so much training and encouragement, helping me to think through many aspects of my faith and how I could share Jesus with my peers. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to do Relay the year after I graduated and see how this could be worked out even further in my life and it’s been a real privileged to stay on a bit longer after Relay and continue to work with the CUI family. As well as that, working on media for CUI has given me the chance to apply my degree to ministry, which has been an incredible experience.”

Personal Highlight: 

“My 4 years as a student was such a formative time for me. The Lord really used that time I had in CITCU to deepen my knowledge and love for Him, give me so many opportunities to serve Him and be challenged to step out of my comfort zone and into reliance on Him. Being in a relatively small CU meant that real highlights in the year for me were the times we got to gather together with CUs both regionally and nationally at our conferences. These times were not only great times of learning and growth in my understanding of God’s Word but also super encouraging as I met with people from all over the island sharing stories, challenges and trading ideas for outreach on campus.”

Kim works part–time in the CUI Dublin Office working on all things media based for CUI.

Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton

Region: Leinster – Dublin
Position: Relay Worker

Michael went to NUI Galway and studied English and Philosophy there. He likes soccer, reading, and watching TV shows.

Why Michael loves working with CUI: 

“I want to see students grow in their love for and relationship with God.”

Personal Highlight: 

“Seeing students come into the CU and becoming Christians.”

Michael is a volunteer Relay Worker, working alongside the Leinster Team for 10 months. He is working with the CUs in TCD, UCD and RCSI. Find out more about the Relay programme here.