Press Release: The Rev’d Christine Trainor departs to become the first woman Incumbent Priest in the Middle East

Posted on October 13, 2021. Updated on October 13, 2021

8 October 2021
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St Stephen’s Belvedere
Associate Rector, the Rev’d Christine Trainor, departs
to become the first woman Incumbent Priest in the Middle East


The Rev’d Christine Trainor has accepted the call to serve as the Senior Priest at St Andrew’s in Abu Dhabi and St Thomas in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates in the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, in the Province of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East.

As the first woman to serve as an incumbent in the region, and as the Anglican priest for the Emirate, she will oversee the shared worship space for Christians in Abu Dhabi, act as an ecclesiastical ambassador and governmental representative of Christianity in the region, preside over a diverse, international congregation representing 42 different nations and over a mission congregation in Al Ain with a specialized advocacy ministry to a migrant women’s labor camp.

Serving under the appointed authority of the Archbishop the Most Rev’d Michael Lewis, Mother Trainor moves into a new mission field, witnessing to Christ in this international, highly diverse and globally significant geopolitical region.

For those interested in an interview, the Rev’d Trainor is still in the country as she prepares her documentation to leave, please contact Mother Trainor at (805) 452-4785, or by email at

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What: First woman Incumbent Priest in the Middle East
When: Fall 2021  |  Christine departed St Stephen’s on 3 October 2021
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