Houston McKelvey

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The Very Reverend
Robert Samuel James Houston McKelvey
Dean of Belfast
In office
Personal details
Born 3 September 1942
Spouse(s) Eileen Roberta
Alma mater Queen’s University, Belfast

The Very Reverend Robert Samuel James Houston McKelvey,OBE, QVRM, TD[1][2] (born 3 September 1942) was the Dean of Belfast.[3]

He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (1954–61), Queen's University Belfast, 1961-65 and Trinity College, Dublin and ordained in 1968.[3][4]

He was Curate at Dunmurry until 1970, when he was appointed Rector of Kilmakee- a post he held for 12 years. He was Secretary of the General Synod Board of Education (Northern Ireland) from then until 2001 [5] when he became Dean of Belfast. An author,[6] Dean McKelvey is a keen photographer and off-shore sailor.[7]

He is married to Roberta; their son John is a civil servant.[3]

He served as editor of The Church of Ireland Gazette from 1975 to 1982.


  1. ^ 2010 New Year Honours 2010
  2. ^ BBC News
  3. ^ a b c "Houston McKelvey". Saint Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Forty Days with Jesus", 1991; "The Apostles’ Creed", 1992; "Children at the Table", 1993; "In Touch with God", 1997; and "God, our Children, and Us", 1999 > British Library web site accessed 20:18 GMT Thursday 8 July 2010
  7. ^ Who's Who (ibid) His military career in the Territorial Army included serving as Padre for 102 (Ulster) Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (Volunteers).
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Jack Shearer
Dean of Belfast
2001 – 2011
Succeeded by
John Mann