Our ministry team

Minister: Vacant

Interim Moderator: Rev. Dale London

During our current vacancy. Rev, Dale London will act as our Interim Moderator. For any Ministerial questions please contact him on 01875 321 329

Congregational Finance Assistant – Ian Purves

Ian began working with us for 4 hours a week at the end of 2019 to support our Finance Working Group. As well as producing our monthly accounts and invoices, Ian is invaluable at keeping us compliant with OSCR the charities regulator.

Congregational Support Worker – Jennifer Stark

Hello to you all.  My name is Jennifer Stark, and I’ve just recently started working with you in Newbattle Parish as the Congregational Support Worker. I came here at the end of October, but I already feel it’s been longer – in a good way!

I grew up near Stirling (just over the wall from the Bannockburn Monument) but most of my family come from north of Glasgow.  In my ‘previous life’, I worked mostly in adult education.  I spent some years overseas, teaching English to adults and in project work with the British Council, and then had 14 years teaching in York University.  Since 2010, I’ve been working for the Church of Scotland, first for 5 years in an ecumenical post in Leith (where I now live), with a group of churches in Glenrothes, and more recently for Morningside Parish Church and Richmond Craigmillar Church in Niddrie.  They’ve all been interesting and enjoyable in different ways, and have involved lots of different activities – outreach and community work, foodshare organisation, workplace and school chaplaincy, toddler groups and Holiday Clubs, pastoral work, and leading study groups and worship. 

I work part-time (which I am greatly enjoying!) and so far, I’ve been involved with, for example, the Tuesday prayer group, the Men’s Group and Friendship Lunches, worship and the Remembrance Services, the JAM Club, the new Advent Group, and the Switch-On events in Newtongrange and Mayfield. 

It has been very good to spend time with you and get to know the community here, and I’m looking forward to sharing 2023/24 with you.