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‘I recently asked a guy to come to church and he said, I don’t ask you to my workplace, don’t ask me to yours’

Canon Paul Whittaker is Church of Ireland rector of Leckpatrick and Dunnalong and chaplain to Glenavon FC and Fox Lodge Cricket Club, near Strabane. He is a canon of St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry

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Canon Paul Whittaker

Canon Paul Whittaker

Canon Paul Whittaker

Q. Can you tell me about your background?

A. I’m in my early sixties and grew up in a working-class estate in Lurgan. My parents, Roy and Doreen, have passed away; thankfully, they had both given their lives to Christ. I came from a large family, with six brothers and four sisters. I lost an older sister, Olwen, way back in 1958 as a result of a car accident and an older brother, Philip, 10 years ago. There are nine of us left and seven of them live in Northern Ireland, one in England and one in Australia. I am married to Carol and we have two daughters and four grandchildren. I have a Bachelor of Theology degree from Trinity College Dublin.


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