I was born in Taunton, the county town of Somerset, in 1960.

I went to the primary school in High Ham, the village where we lived, and then to a number of local schools before going to a special school on Dartmoor, because my asthma became very bad.

I did my A Levels at Strode College in Street, Somerset. I went to the London School of Economics, studying politics and history, and then Trinity College, Dublin for my theological training. I studied psychology with the Open University and did a master’s degree in theology with Trinity College, Bristol.

I was ordained in 1986 and spent more than thirty years in parochial ministry in the Church of Ireland.

In the summer of 2017, I returned to my home area where I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in the academic year 2018-2019 and taught religious education in Gloucestershire from September 2019 until July 2021.

In August 2021, I began as a teacher of religious education and history in a school in west Dublin.

In October 2021, I began studies for a PhD in education

You can email me at: ian at forthefainthearted dot com


Ian Poulton — 10 Comments

  1. I’m Rev Amos, a Rev Ian’s disciple.I deeply value Rev Ian’s zealous ministry everyday in my life.He is a fervent clergyman and a prayer warrior of GOD. Reverend Ian Poulton is full of unconditional love, compassion and humility. He housed me, clothed, fed me, payed my school bills, commissioned my ordination, visited my Church and home in rural Africa and continues to support my ministry even now. He is my role model and mentor for life. I greatly thank God to have a brother in him.May God richly bless him and his family.Rev Amos.

  2. Ian, we wish you well in your career change. we both enjoyed your ministry and company and appreciate your encouragement and support. Leinster and Munster are the poorer without your support! do you have the Saracen line out calls? With every blessing and good wish from John and Cecily

  3. I remember working at HBS with you, Summer 1979 with the holiday kids (you were an ‘old boy’). Interesting to hear that you became ordained. Also interested that life has come full circle and you are now working as a carer.

  4. I must update my profile page! I’ve been doing PGCE Teacher Training since last September

  5. I just want to wish Ian every happiness in this world. Way back in 1999 when he hadn’t been long in our Parish, he came to our house straight away when we heard that my father-in-law had passed away on Christmas eve. He also officiated at the wedding of our daughter and now son in law in 2001. It was an honour to know him.

  6. Thank you, Nikki, you are very kind. In my memory, Yeats’ poem “He wishes for the cloths of heaven” was read at Kerry’s wedding. I hope I am right! It was a wonderful choice of words which would no longer be an option when the new wedding service was introduced in 2004 and such pieces were not allowed.

  7. Ian, I hope that the grace of God keeps you well and your dear ones. I recently read a Church history book and got interested about the life of the Clapham community, (Earle Edwin Cairns, Christianity through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan Pub., 1996), p.400).I would suggest to read an article about these people one day in your website.Happy Easter!

  8. Ian

    Did you minister at Bright Church my Mum Carol was so very fond of you and Frank you were a friend to us through tough times

  9. Hello young Miss Straney, what a delight to hear from you!

    I have many happy memories of all of you, I drank many cups of tea in your mum’s kitchen.

    I was trying to remember how old you would all be now – I reckon Chris would be about 45, Alastair about 43, Lynsey about 34 – and you must be approaching your 21st birthday.

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