New Pioneer Evangelist appointed – St Brigid’s Centre of Mission, Kildare

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Kelley Bermingham as Pioneer Evangelist in our Centre of Mission, at St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare.

The St Brigid’s Cathedral Centre of Mission’ is in partnership with Church Army. It is being led by Rev Philip McKinley, ordained for the parish Group of Dunboyne and Rathmoylon, from where he is seconded part-time to lead this initiative.

To find out more about what a Centre of Mission is, visit

Following her appointment, Kelley said: “Having worked as Community Officer in the National Cathedral – Saint Patrick’s (2017 – 2022), the Mission of the Church and Christian faith in action is very close to my heart.”

She continued, ”I’m excited to embark on this journey with the Kildare Community,  serving the needs of the People in the county I reside, and the place where my ancestors originate on both sides of my family. Saint Brigid’s Cathedral is an iconic space, historically rich place, and I look forward with great excitement to working with the Clergy, Vestry and Congregation team there.”

Ms Kelley Bermingham

Kelley has a long history working and volunteering in the community with people who have additional support needs (mental health, physical and intellectual health needs, people in and from the justice system). She also has a history of experience in the travel & tourism sector, retail and other areas.

Kelley is passionate about social justice,  connection, human rights and all this is on a foundation of strong Christian faith. 
In Kildare, Kelley would have helped with the Derby Festival, is a founder and former President of Kildare Toastmasters, and lives in Celbridge. 

Kelley is a member of Celbridge, Newcastle & Lyons Parish and is deeply committed to a path of faith in action.

Pioneer Ministry is a new initiative within the Church of Ireland which the Dioceses of Meath and Kildare look forward to partnering with. Reaching those with little or no connection to church

Bishop Pat Storey said “I am delighted to welcome Kelley and congratulate her on her appointment. She brings very significant experience to the post, including her previous experience of working as Community Officer in St Patrick’s, our national cathedral. We warmly welcome her into the dioceses and wish her the very best in her new role.”