Today is Thursday 17th January 2019.

Meet the minister

Adam told us this when he moved to St Andrew's Wallace Green and Lowick in 2012. 

"I was born in Musselburgh in 1960 and was brought up in Port Seton, East Lothian where my parents and most of my wider family still live.  I have an elder brother, George, who lives in Lanarkshire and a younger sister, Isobel, who is in Suffolk.  My family background is in mining and fishing.  Indeed, recently, I learned that I have a longstanding family connection to the Berwickshire fishing community. Sadly, two of my relatives were lost in the 19th Century Eyemouth Fishing disaster. An integral part of my upbringing was involvement in the local church, Chalmers Memorial Church of Scotland. The congregation had a strong choral tradition, in common with many fisher churches, and being part of the choir was an important part of my life at that time. I also received my first opportunities to lead worship at Chalmers. Needless to say I love the seaside!

After secondary school in Prestonpans, I worked for the local health board, leaving to undertake further studies with a view to entering the ministry. This led first to Stevenson College, Edinburgh and then on to Aberdeen University, where I spent seven happy years graduating MA (sociology, politics and history) and BD. During this time I was very involved in the leadership of the student Christian Union. Highpoints of my time in Aberdeen were two summers spent ministering in Mallaig and the Lochaber area, and, very happily, meeting my future wife, Katrina, at the manse in Corpach whilst we were both participating in a Presbytery mission.

After graduation I spent two delightful years as an assistant minister to The Very Revd Hugh Wyllie at Hamilton Old, where I learnt much about pastoral ministry and the importance of the church’s involvement in civic life. It was during my time in Hamilton that Katrina and I got married, in East Kilbride where Katrina was living at the time. In 1989 we moved on to Barrhead, Refrewshire, when I became parish minister of Bourock Parish Church. Bourock was a vibrant faith community with a large congregation and a wide range of organisations, so it was an excellent place to begin ministry. During our time there Katrina and I became leaders of a teens group, a range of new worship occasions were started and, most exciting of all, Nathan was born!

In 1994 we moved to Oxford to allow me to pursue a DPhil in Theology. During my stay there I was able to study under the notable churchman, Professor Keith Ward, who I came to admire greatly. In 1996 we welcomed our daughter, Abigail, and in 1999 we moved to Birmingham when I was appointed to the staff of the Queen’s Theological College. Our life in Birmingham was rich and varied. It was time when we are able to make new friends and enjoy the vibrant life of the second city with all its sights and sounds. Nathan and Abigail developed their own networks and interests, singing and gymnastics respectively. Whilst my job in Birmingham involved primarily working in an Anglican and Methodist environment – training ministers – I retained my contact with the Church of Scotland through membership of the Presbytery of England and, for eight years, as interim moderator of the congregation in Liverpool, which is a permanent vacancy.

And so to Berwick… Katrina, Nathan, Abigail and I are delighted to have moved to Northumberland. We feel that this is God’s calling and look forward to getting to know the folk of Berwick and Lowick and to enjoying the beauty and historic splendour of the area.