Rev. Pamela Strachan
During a time of transition from a linkage of four churches within Upper Tweeddale to (probably) one of six churches including those in West Linton, Carlops and Newlands and Kirkurd we have had a number of locum ministers. As of 1st May our current locum minister is Rev. Pamela Strachan.
Born in New Zealand, Pamela came to the UK in 1970 and met her husband, Hew, while studying economics and law at Cambridge University. She had careers in journalism and law, teaching at Cambridge and in London while bringing up their family.
In 1992 they moved to Scotland when Hew was appointed to the Chair in Modern History at Glasgow University. The move to Scotland gave Pamela the opportunity to return to journalism and writing and she worked for Scottish Enterprise and ran her own writing consultancy.
As their youngest child set off for university, so Pamela returned to academic work, studying theology at Aberdeen University through distance learning. Since ordination in 2015, she has worked in the parish of Eddleston with Peebles Old Parish Church and is also part-time chaplain to the high security State Hospital in Carstairs. Pamela and Hew have five children and nine grandchildren and live on a sheep and forestry farm in Glenholm just south of Broughton.