Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one


John was born and brought up in Dumfries.  He graduated in Arts and Divinity from Edinburgh University, and studied Ecumenical Theology in Geneva.   John served as a minister in Paisley for 25 years, and in Edinburgh for 15 years.   While in Edinburgh he was Moderator of Edinburgh Presbytery and subsequently the Convener of the Presbytery Planning Group.

Into retirement, he worked for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, firstly as a member of their Public Liaison Group and from 2012 as a Lay Examiner in Communication Skills, examining trainee surgeons throughout the UK, and frequently in South-East Asia, South Asia and North Africa.

He was also a member of the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations in Britain and Ireland.   

John lives in Peebles with his wife, Jean.   They have three grown up daughters and grandchildren - two in Yorkshire and one-on-the-way in Christchurch, New Zealand.  

Last winter he spent as a locum minister in East Lothian - his first experience of rural ministry, which he greatly enjoyed.   He looks forward to more of the same in Upper Tweedale.