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.Email David