Born in Belfast, Catherine trusted Christ as her Saviour in her teens: walking with Him has been her life’s delight. Her early working life started during N. Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ as a student nurse in Belfast’s famous Royal Victoria Hospital. In 2005 Catherine hung up her nursing uniform for the last time to devote more time to a developing ministry in writing and speaking.

To date Catherine has spoken at Ladies’ events, including day conferences, breakfasts and weekend conferences in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Austria, Germany, Turkey, Thailand, and Australia.  She has also conducted seminars for mixed meetings, but her love is ministering to women, encouraging them to develop a closer, more passionate walk with Jesus.  Having cared for two profoundly disabled daughters for a period of almost twenty years, Catherine is often asked to speak on life’s tough stuff through testimony, bible ministry and seminars.  However, she also delights in opportunities to share what the Bible has to say on a myriad of other subjects!

Her family situation was the catalyst for her writing, which started by crafting articles for a number of magazines including The Nursing Standard and Woman Alive. Then in 2008 she took the giant leap from writing articles to having her first book published. Under the Rainbow tells the story of Catherine’s walk with God while caring for her daughters, and the difficult times after their deaths.

Since then, a further eight titles have followed – latterly the 365 devotional, Journey with Me (winner of CRT Book of the Year 2019), and God Isn’t Finished With You Yet, 2022. October 2023 will see the addition of another 365 devotional, Consider Him.

Catherine now lives in Newtownabbey with her husband, Philip, a retired, but still busy, pastor and evangelist. She and Philip have three children; two daughters, Cheryl and Joy, now in heaven, and a wonderful son, Paul, who is married to Susie – both in the music business. Two grandchildren add further delight to her busy life.  It’s not difficult to see how she loves to spend her free time!

She can be contacted at or via her website

She is also active on Facebook and Instagram.

(July 2023)

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