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 have embarked upon studies that will, hopefully, lead to a doctorate,

I was ordained in 1986, and am in my fourth incumbency (that’s the official term for being in charge of a parish).  On 18th May 2010, I became Rector of the Clonenagh Group of parishes, a group of six churches in Co Laois and Co Offaly, a parish at the geographical centre of Ireland. In 2011, I was elected as a canon by the chapter of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

I am on Twitter @BurcOkaput and Instagram ip_poulton. I have Snapchat on my phone, but do not know how to work it!

You can email me at: ian at forthefainthearted dot com


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