About New Wine Ireland


New Wine Ireland is a movement of churches working together to change the island of Ireland through a network of church leaders, our summer conference and training events.

New Wine Ireland is about an understanding that God is doing a new thing, involving the outpouring of His Holy Spirit.

‘And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.’

(Luke 5:37-38 NIV)


New Wine Ireland has a vision that in our generation:

  • we will see churches across Ireland renewed and restored in passion for the Word and Works of God;
  • we will see individuals and families transformed by meeting Jesus and empowered by His Holy Spirit and this will impact our society; and
  • Christians will feel compelled to go out and share the good news of Jesus – forgiveness, healing, hope, restoration and new life – across the length and breadth of Ireland and further afield.


Continuity and change
Being faithful to Jesus’ message while also adapting our practices according to culture and context.

Cross and resurrection
Honouring Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, all the while experiencing the power of his resurrection to set us free.

Grace and truth
Being kind and generous towards others, while clearly communicating our beliefs to them.

Leadership and every-member ministry
Training and releasing leaders to serve the church, and equipping all Christians, wherever they are.

Mission and community
Empowering the church to become a missionary movement, as well as a grace-filled community.

Natural and supernatural
Encouraging all Christians to use their natural skills, yet also operating in the gifts of the Spirit.

Now and not yet of the kingdom
Recognising miraculous signs and wonders, while accepting the knowledge that suffering is part of life until Jesus returns.

Transcendence and presence
Celebrating God’s awesome power and experiencing intimate presence.

Unity and diversity
Working with everyone in open friendship, yet honouring peoples’ differences.

Word and Spirit
Faithful in teaching the Word of God and learning to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

New Wine Ireland is a non-denominational organisation which affirms the Evangelical Alliance ‘Basis of faith’ and the ‘Jerusalem Statement’ (2008).



Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are key to everything we do. Over 170 volunteers helped us deliver our annual conference this year and we are always on the lookout for more.

‘God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.’ (Hebrews 6:10 NIV)



Meet our Staff

George Newell Leadership and Mission Development Coordinator

George is the Leadership and Mission Development Coordinator for New Wine Ireland. His role includes networking with Church Leaders, encouraging them in ministry and mission, providing training opportunities for them and their congregations.  George leads New Wine Ireland’s Evangelism Training Course.  He is a regular contributor to New Wine Ireland’s Prayer Ministry Training.  He spends a lot of time helping local churches across Ireland to organise regular missions. George also part of the Outreach Team at Willowfield Church in Belfast.  George is married to Eunice and they have two grown-up children.


Meet our Directors / Trustees

Rev Henry Blair Director

Henry is Rector of Tullanisken Parish Church in Dungannon, County Armagh. He is married to Helen and they have four sons – Rodney, Keith, Nathan and Jason. Henry previously worked as an accountant and served in County Monaghan as a curate for two years. He has recently been appointed as Director (Ireland) of Sharing Ministries Abroad (SOMA).

Rev Preb John Coles Director

John and Anne Coles led New Wine England from 2001-2014. John oversaw the development of New Wine from a summer conference to a network of churches and church leaders. For 25 years, they led an Anglican church in North London. More recently, John and Anne have been involved in leading a house church seeking to reach the unchurched and de-churched.

Rev Mark Harvey Director

Mark has been Rector of Shankill Parish in Lurgan since June 2017. Prior to this, he was Rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen for 12 years. He is married to Joanne and they have a one daughter, Lydia, and a mad cocker spaniel. Mark has been involved with New Wine Ireland in various roles since its beginning.

Rev Roland Heaney Director

Roland, originally from the Kingdom of Mourne, came to faith at a young age and was actively involved as a teenager in Kilhorne Church, Annalong . In 1985, he was ordained as a Church of Ireland minister, serving as a curate in Belfast and Lisburn. Since 1990 he has been the Rector of a church in Redcross, Co. Wicklow. He is married to Susan and has three grown up children.

Bishop David McClay Leader and Chairperson

David was ordained deacon in the Church of Ireland in 1987 and priest/ presbyter in 1988.  He served in Magheralin, Kilkeel and Willowfield in Belfast.  In 2013, David became Archdeacon of Down.  David was elected Bishop of Down and Dromore in November 2019 and consecrated in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on 25 January 2020.  He is married to Hilary and they have two daughters and one son.  David and Hilary established New Wine Ireland in 2005.

Mrs Hilary McClay Director

Hilary is married to David McClay.  They have served in Kilkeel and Willowfield in Belfast where she established Willowfield Parish Community Association.  David was elected Bishop of Down and Dromore in November 2019 and consecrated in St Anne’s Cathedral on 25 January 2020.  Hilary is the Church and Community Advisor (Northern Ireland) for The Cinnamon Network.


Mr Basil O’Malley Director

Basil has a background in the financial industry. He has experience with Church building projects and Christians Against Poverty. While gifted with numbers, his passion is to use this in relevant and practical ways for God and others. Basil is married to Nan and has three children and four grandchildren.

Archdeacon Roderic West Director

Roderic became Rector of Seapatrick Parish, Banbridge in April 2012. He was ordained in 1986 and served his curacy in Dromore Cathedral. He was Rector of the parishes of Carrowdore and Millisle from 1989 to 1995 and Rector of St John’s, Moira from 1995 to 2012. He is also the Archdeacon of Dromore.

Rev Simon Genoe Assistant Leader

Simon is the Rector of Magheralin Parish and is Married to Zara and they have a daughter called Eliza. He was previously the Vicar at Lisburn Cathedral. Simon grew up in Monaghan where he attended St Patricks Church with his family

Head of Ministries

Mrs Gillian Millar Head of Under 18s Ministry

Gillian is married to Rev Gary Millar, Rector of Derry and Raphoe’s newest parish grouping – Kilrea, Tamlaght O’Crilly Upper and Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower.  Gillan and Gary have four children. Gillian has a huge passion for children’s ministry, especially raising up new leaders into this vital ministry.  Gillian and Gary have been volunteering with New Wine Ireland since its first Summer conference.

Mrs Glynis Matchett Head of Prayer Ministry

Glynis works as an Evangelist and Leader of Prayer Ministries at Willowfield Church in Belfast. She is married and has two children. Her heart is to be awake to the nearness of God.  Glynis makes a huge contribution to New Wine Ireland’s annual Summer conference in Sligo by building, training and leading the Prayer Ministry Team.  Glynis is a regular contributor to New Wine Ireland’s Prayer Ministry Training.