I grew up in Clarkston on the south side of Glasgow, moving to Linlithgow in West Lothian when I was 14. I was very involved in the life and worship of both Giffnock South Church and then St Michael’s Church in Linlithgow where I was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Youth Fellowship. It was there I made my confession of faith and joined the church. It still holds a special place in my heart.
I felt called to ministry in my teens and finally plucked up the courage to test that call when I was 21. Following attendance at Selection School I was accepted as a candidate for ministry in 1983 and went to study divinity at New College, Edinburgh University.
I married Dave, my husband, whilst I was at New College and moved to Fife where he was living and working as a Civil Engineer with Fife Council. As a consequence all my practical training was done there. My church placements were both in Kirkcaldy, at Abbotshall and then Viewforth, followed by my ‘probation’ at Markinch Parish Church. I was called to the newly linked charge of Largo and Newburn with Largo: St David’s in St Andrews Presbytery and was ordained and inducted on 4 May 1988. I was there for 17 years before accepting a call back to Abbotshall in 2005 where I served until 2017. During my time in Kirkcaldy I was also Presbytery Clerk.
Dave and I walked the St Cuthbert Way (from Melrose, through Bowden to Lindisfarne) back in 2013, little realising what lay ahead. I was inducted into the charge of Bowden and Melrose in March 2017. I am greatly enjoying my ministry here and being back in a more rural setting.
In 2019 I took on the Convenership of the Ministries Council of the Church of Scotland, becoming Convener of the new Faith Nurture Forum at the start of 2020. I used to spend a lot of time on the Borders railway…. Now I am able to stay at home and attend meetings online – one of the positives to have come out of the pandemic.
Dave and I have two grown up children who are currently both living and working in Edinburgh. We enjoy ski-ing in the winter, walking and cycling in the better weather. I enjoy reading – particularly a good murder – and a night out at the theatre with my daughter. I am (still) learning to play the piano!
Rev. Rosemary Frew