McKittrick was educated at John Marley School in Newcastle upon Tyne and at St Stephen's House, Oxford. He was ordained in 1977  and after curacies at St Paul’s Deptford and St John’s Tuebrook held two incumbencies in Liverpool. He was then vicar of St Peter’s Brighton until his archdeacon’s appointment.
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