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Get to know our Minister, the Core Team and Meet The Team

Our Minister


1 Ury Dale
AB51 3XW


01467 629163


St. Andrew's Core Team

Our Church has been gifted with a core team of very willing and able volunteers who collectively make St. Andrew's what it is today and for tomorrow.

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Church AdministratorLinsey Stewart
Session ClerkRosie Milne
Clerk To The BoardJoyce Lawson
Church TreasurerTom Craggs
WFO TreasurerAlastair Smith
Gift Aid ConvenerAllan Duff
Monthly Collections ConvenerVera Binnie
Diane Stuart
Lettings ConvenerKit Pawson
Roll KeeperTom Craggs, Linsey Stewart
OrganistIan Milne
"Time Out" LeaderSuzanne Irvine
Presbytery ElderVera Binnie
Social Committee ConvenerMolly Conn
Flower ConvenerEileen Robertson
Transport To ChurchDiane Stuart
Hall CleanerAgnieszka Myszkowska
Safeguarding ConvenerAlison Young
Safeguarding OfficerFraser Horn
Saltire EditorsDiane Stuart
Kit Pawson
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Meet The Team

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Joyce Bruce-Elder

I was born in Bridge of Allan and brought up in Clackmannan. I attended Clackmannan Primary alongside my two younger sisters and two brothers.

I trained as a nurse at Stirling Royal Infirmary … happy days! I always wanted to be a nurse ever since I could speak … according to my mum.

I moved to Aberdeen to nurse but was never really happy there. I had prepared to go back to Stirling when I met John and never left! We married in Alloa West Church in 1975. The photograph in the local “Squeak” read “Inverurie Loon marries Alloa Girl”! I was always introduced and known within the area as the “wife of Johnny Bruce fae the shoe shop”! (Often still am!).

We have been retired for 7 years. Our son, Steven, now has the shop along with his wife, Dale. Our daughter Lorna also worked alongside us but now she and her husband Steven have The Kintore Trophy Centre. We have 4 grandchildren, all having been involved with St Andrew’s. Steven and Lorna were both married in St Andrew’s.

I am a keen outdoor bowler and have missed it tremendously during the pandemic. Hopefully 2022 may see somethings back to normal!!

My gran played a big part in my church life. From a very early age my sisters and I attended church, Sunday School and Bible Class. I will always remember the morning I received the letter from the St Andrew’s Church inviting me “to give much careful and prayerful consideration to become an elder”. I felt honoured to accept. I continue to be involved and committed to the work of the church. It is always there for me.

Charles Clark-Elder

I am Charles Clark and am honoured to serve as an elder at

St Andrew’s Church in Inverurie. I was brought up in Whitehills, near Banff, and I went to the fishing after leaving school for about 12 years. This took me around the East and West coast of Scotland, a job which I looked on as a way of life. I had to change my career due to a genetic eye condition leaving me blind.

I am married to Yvonne who recently became an Elder at St Andrew’s and we have stayed in Inverurie for over 25 years. I have had the pleasure of 4 guide dogs and my current working dog is a 6 year old black Labrador called Marshall.

I have been blessed to work for a local charity for over 27 years, helping people with sight loss to gain independence by using technology. I am retiring from this role at the end of the year. I am able to receive God’s word through audio versions of the Bible and gain a huge pleasure in reading “Every day with Jesus” from the Torch Trust. I have also been blessed in my journey with Jesus to meet so many wonderful folk and would be delighted to spread this Good News to others.

Yvonne Clark-Elder

I was born and brought up in Portsoy. I went to Portsoy Primary School and then to Banff Academy. I left school at 17 year old with not a lot of education as I had not paid attention!! I had all different kinds of jobs until I found what I wanted to do, and that was in the caring profession.

I met my husband Charles, who is also an elder in St Andrew’s, in 1983, and we were married in 1986. We moved to Inverurie 25 years ago. I worked in residential care then moved on to work in the community which I prefer.

I have enjoyed worshipping in St Andrew’s Church for the last 7 years and learning more and more about God and Jesus. The more I have learned, the more I have enjoyed the experience.

It has been an honour to be asked to become an elder serving this church and I hope that I will do a good job. If I make mistakes, then I will learn from them.

My hobbies are watching TV, going for walks with our dog Marshall, who is a black Labrador and is a faithful friend. I look forward to meeting and getting to know more of you in the future.

Molly Conn-Elder, Social Convener

I was born in Aberdeen and brought up with my parents and big sister, Margaret, in a croft outside Rhynie. There was always music in our house: my parents had a dance band so I was brought up with a love and appreciation of music. From an early age I was involved with Rhynie Church and enjoyed singing at the various concerts and other kirk events. I trained as a Dental Nurse at College in Aberdeen. For many years I was a member of the team at the Medical / Dental Suite at Inverurie Academy and my final working years were spent in the Dental General Anaesthetic Theatre at the newly built Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

As mentioned, music has always been a huge part of my life, and, as I grew older, I ran my own dance band for 10 years (the Molly Shand Dance Band), and I also played the piano with other groups and bands. I have one daughter, Alison, and one granddaughter, Danielle, who both live in Inverurie.

I became an Elder in St Andrew's Church in 2016 (having previously been a Board Member) and have been Convenor of the Social Committee for many years. I have made many good friends through my kirk activities and the church played a major part in helping me cope with my husband Morris's death. I feel the church is my other family.

Tom Craggs-Treasurer, Interim Property Convener

Born and brought up in a wee coal exporting and fishing village (Amble, Northumberland) in the last century, I qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in 1968 moving on in 1976 to join Royal Dutch Shell, retiring as a Commercial and Project Services Manager in 2007.

52 years married with two daughters (both marriage ceremonies conducted by Reverend Sheila) and five grandchildren who were all baptised by Reverend Sheila.

I offered to help St. Andrew's sort out its financial woes in 2018 and still here within the St. Andrew's "family" of 860+ members. 

Sarah Davidson-Elder

I have been involved with St Andrews Church in one manner or another all my life. I was born in 1974 and christened in St Andrews Church 3 weeks later. As a child, I attended Sunday School and then joined the Church when I was 17.

One of my earliest memories was visiting some of the congregation with Dad on his elder visits and Mum going the young wives group. I trained as a Physiotherapist at Robert Gordon University and then moved down to Perth to work for a number of years.

Marcus and I married in 1999 in St Andrews Church, and returned back to Inverurie in 2002 due to Marcus's work. Since then I am fortunate to work at the local hospital where I lead the Community Physiotherapy Team.

We are blessed to have 2 boys, Callum and Dylan, both of whom have been christened in St Andrews Church. I was honoured to be invited to become an elder a few years ago and I hope I can serve the Church as well as its served me and my family.

Suzanne Irvine-Time Out Leader

I am Suzanne, your new Sunday Club/ Time Out leader. I am married to Carl (our minister) and have four children.

I work as a Primary School Teacher in Aberdeenshire.

I don’t have much spare time but when I do grab a moment, I love to catch up with family and friends. Walks in the fresh air, reading my Kindle and watching football are my other pleasures.

I look forward to helping our Church flourish and grow, and know that, with your support, it will be done. 

Moira Keith-Elder

Our family, David, Marion, Howard, Sheila and I moved to Inverurie in 1975, and after visiting local churches we decided to join St Andrew’s. It reminded my husband, David, and I of the church we attended from when we were 5 years old. I became a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir and Guide Captain.

Later I was invited to become a Board member and at the first meeting I attended I was asked to be the Flower Convener and was in that position for 30 years. When Margaret Davidson retired from the Guild I became President. St Andrew’s was raising funds for a new kitchen and we had soups and sweets, flower festivals and various fundraising events—quite hard work but we did have fun.

I decided to open a flower shop and found it was difficult to get to Guild meetings so I resigned as President but have happy memories, especially of our Christmas lunches. I am a member of the Church choir which I joined when Miss Currie was the leader. I was always pleased to help David, my husband, who was Clerk to the Board for many years with various jobs he undertook in the church.

I am still very much involved with the church and any spare time I may have is spent gardening and keeping up with my three grandchildren. St Andrew’s has been a very large part of my life and I always feel I belong.

Rosie Milne-Session Clerk

I was born at 10 St. Andrew’s Gardens, houses for the war disabled
and at that time the church owned the land. The then minister,
Rev Black, christened me the St. Andrew’s baby so I really can say my entire life has revolved around St. Andrew’s Church.

My faith has seen me through many crises and I’m very thankful to still be here. I went to Market Place School and then Inverurie Academy. I have always worked with children and adults being one of the first leaders at Inverurie Community Centre. I taught music privately until I got a Music Lecturing job at Aberdeen College, specialising in working with young adults with learning difficulties. I also play with the Garioch Fiddlers and am 1st. flute with Inverurie
I have been married to Peter for over 40 years and our passion is classic cars and have been on many adventures in our car over the years. Another story in itself! We have two sons, Iain who is a tenor opera singer with Zurich Opera House and David who is the head
technician of the Music Hall in Aberdeen. I am honoured to have been asked to be session clerk and will do my best to fulfil the post.

Alastair Smith-Elder and WFO Treasurer

I was brought up in a country village in Moray where I went to school and then I started work with the Hydro Board (now SSE). In 1969, Ann and I moved to Wick, again with SSE, where our twin daughters were born. In 1972 we moved to Inverurie where I started to work for Cruickshanks and we are still here (except for a spell in Old Rayne).

I am a keen sport and health enthusiast, being a walker and “golfer” (well trying), and being lucky enough to enjoy good health. I have been involved in the Church wherever we’ve been, from Sunday School to Elder and nearly everything in between, supported in faith by my parents and Ann.

We joined St Andrew’s in 1972 and have remained ever since, apart from 3 years in Rayne. It was a surprise when in 1973 I was asked to become an Elder, which I accepted. As an Elder I have served in most roles and continue to try my best to encourage support for the Kirk.

Although loyal to St Andrew’s, I enjoy discussing faith with other Churches and indeed other faiths. In 1975, I was a founder Officer of the 1 st. Inverurie Boys’ Brigade and am still involved now in a supporting role – 70 years since I joined as a wee boy in Elgin.

Linsey Stewart-Church Administrator

Mo Vernal-Elder

I was born and brought up in a farm at Coull, near Aboyne, and regularly attended Sunday School and Church. My early education was at the small single teacher school in Coull, followed by four years at Aboyne Junior Secondary, two years at Aberdeen High School for Girls and then three years at Aberdeen Teacher Training College. I began my teaching career at Boddam, Peterhead, and over the years I taught at Tipperty School, Newburgh Mathers, Banchory Primary, was Depute Head at Meldrum Primary and finally Head Teacher at Finzean.

Following my retirement when we moved to Inverurie, I did a spell of supply teaching in this area. I have 2 daughters, a step daughter and step son and their respective husbands and wife, 4 grandchildren, and 4 step grandchildren, but in effect, along with my husband, Hamish, we are just one big happy family!

My faith has always been really important to me and has given me strength through many difficult times in my life. God has always been by my side, and when I was invited to become an elder at St. Andrew’s a number of years ago I was greatly honoured and have tried to devote my time and talents to this wonderful ‘ Church Family.’



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