Ministry Team


St. Andrew’s believes in “every member ministry” – a church in which every member is active and involved. Gods equips each one of us and calls us to share the ministry of the Church to congregation and community. Within this overall ministry, we operate a small, professional ministry team. In doing this we acknowledge that no one person can be expected to do everything and that, more importantly, God has given gifts to all of his people!

Our Minister works full-time, our Administrator works 18 hours/week, and the other positions are part-time.

Golfing

Golfing

Camping

Camping

Minister – Rev. Dr. W. Martin Fair B.A. B.D. D. Min

Martin, born in 1964 in Glasgow, began his ministry at St. Andrews in January 1992. Along with his wife Elaine, and sons Callum, Andrew and Fraser, he stands at the heart of the congregation as its spiritual leader, visionary and teacher. Summing up the role of minister, Callum, then aged 5, concluded; “Dad – you’re the one who brings the people their surprises!” Certainly, life is rarely dull when Martin is around.

After completing a BA degree in Politics and Geography at Strathclyde University, he became a Youth Worker with the Church of England in Leeds. During that time, Martin sensed his own call to ministry and trained at the Faculty of Divinity, Glasgow University, 1986-89, then had a two-year appointment with the Church of Scotland congregation in Bermuda. Martin maintains that, “it was a tough job but someone had to go!” Upon his return to Scotland, he fulfilled a six month contract at St. Mary’s Church in Dundee city centre before being called as minister of St. Andrew’s.

Martin was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton University in 2004. He served as Moderator of Angus Presbytery in 2006 and served as Convenor of the Parish Development Fund of the Church of Scoltand. He is much sought after as a speaker and workshop leader within the Church of Scotland.

Martin is married to Elaine. They were childhood sweethearts and married on 4th July 1987, Independence Day! They have three children; Callum born in 1996, Andrew, 1998 and Fraser, 2001.

Martin lives a full and active life. When time permits, he loves nothing better that to ‘head for the hills’, whether to walk, climb or backpack. He plays some football and golf and has tried his hand at most other sports along the way! On the football front, he is a lifelong supporter of Glasgow Rangers and still manages to get to several games each season. Among his other hobbies are reading, cinema and travel.

Stuart Irvin

Stuart Irvin

Stuart Irvin B.D. – Associate Minister

Stuart and his wife Lynne moved from Stonehaven to Arbroath in February 2013 so that Stuart could take up our recently-created post of Associate Minister. Stuart will work in close partnership with Martin, who is delighted to have a full-time colleague. In particular, Stuart will concentrate on worship, nurture and pastoral care and will have particular responsibility for children and younger families.

Over and above his calling to ministry, Stuart is a keen climber and hill-walker –which, of course, makes him the perfect colleague for Martin! Stuart and Lynne are expecting their first child in June, doing their bit for growing our St Andrew’s church family. :-)

Candace Laing

Candace Laing

Candace Laing – Church Administrator

Our Church Administrator is a vital lynchpin in the smooth operation of St Andrew’s, being the first port of call for people who contact the church by phone or email and running the church office during the week and on Sundays after morning worship. She supports the work of Martin, Stuart and the rest of the ministry team and liaises with all the other church office-bearers in administrative matters.

Candace hails from America and has a quiet and lovely personality which is ideal for calming the sometimes frenetic office activity! With a great deal of experience in large corporations and smaller legal businesses, she is well used to dealing with routine administration as well as pressured last-minute decision making – an inevitable part of

working in a busy, thriving congregation.
Candace and her late husband Eric, a Scotsman from Gullane, befriended Martin and Elaine when they were in Bermuda many years ago, and thereafter significantly supported St Andrew’s Church from afar. Her son Geoff and his family live in Paris, and Candace enjoys the time she can spend with her grandsons now that she is (relatively!) close by.

Sheila Dunphy

Sheila Dunphy

Sheila Dunphy – Youth Work Co-ordinator

Sheila heads up our service to young people in secondary school and beyond. Building on the work that has already been established in this area, and sustaining our volunteer youth team, she seeks to provide a programme of group meetings and activities together with being available to young people for personal support etc.

Sheila also gives an enormous amount of time and energy to being manager of Oyster Trust, a local charity that seeks to uncover and develop the hidden potential in people, through operating OB’s (an alcohol-free cafe bar for young adults). Through the work at OB’s she seeks to reach out to younger people who presently have no contact with the church.

Sheila and her husband Fraser are active members of St Andrew’s and both have extensive experience in working with young people. With their two teenage daughters, Becky and Naomi, they share a keen interest in outdoor activities, particularly athletics, hillwalking and skiing.

Kim Marr

Kim Marr – Pastoral Care Co-ordinator

At St Andrew’s we are very intentional about our caring ministry, and the work of our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator makes the vital links which provide a “joined-up” service for everyone with needs, both for short-term or crisis care and for ongoing support.

Kim Marr liaises with Martin, other members of the ministry team, elders and the Pastoral Care Team to identify and respond to pastoral needs. Kim’s professional background in nursing and social care is a great asset in this work.

Kim and her husband Alan have been members at St Andrew’s for many years, and their teenage children Michael and Jenny are both part of our Praise Band.

Tracey MacLeod

Tracey MacLeod

Tracey MacLeod – Havilah Project Leader

Tracey is one of the driving forces of a small group who had the desire to reach out to those on the margins of society through the development of a drop-in facility. Along with her husband Jim and a dedicated group of volunteers the Havilah Project began. It now provides a much-needed facility for many of those who for whatever reason are finding life difficult. Through the Christian love shown by the volunteers, those who visit Havilah find unconditional acceptance and assistance to move forward in their lives. Further details of this work can be found at here.

Tracey is now involved in the development of the new premises, where there will be an extension of the church’s outreach work to the local community.

Tracey and Jim have a son – Jamie and two Cocker Spaniels, Halle and Tilly. Tracey enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also enjoys walking her dogs with Jim.

Jane Miller

Jane Miller

Jane Miller – Session Clerk

The other very significant member of the ministry team is the SESSION CLERK of St Andrew’s. [Please visit our church leadership page to find out about the Kirk Session and the way our church organises itself to fulfill God’s purposes for us.] Jane Miller holds this position, which has the responsibility of assisting Martin in the oversight of the congregation.  As well as carrying out the usual duties of a Clerk in taking the minutes of both Kirk Session and Leadership Group meetings, Jane has a particular interest and role in working to ensure effective communication among the various groups which make up the organizational structures of St Andrew’s. Jane spent her working life in Music Education by teaching in schools and, latterly, as a Senior Lecturer in the Education Department of the University of Dundee. Her interest in music is now continued by being the conductor of Arbroath Choral Society and organist at St Andrew’s – having agreed, over twenty eight years ago, to take on the job for just one year! She and husband Ken enjoy hill-walking and are trying to climb all the Munros. Jane also keeps fit in the gym and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Joan Hainsworth

Joan Hainsworth

Joan Hainsworth – Deputy Session Clerk

Joan Hainsworth is Deputy Session Clerk and in addition to being on hand to stand in when required for the Session Clerk, Joan has particular responsibility for arrangements for Communion Services.  She also organizes the Welcome Teams.   Currently semi-retired, Joan continues her interest in pastoral work, has been prayer secretary and is a member of the church choir.  She has undertaken church trips to Cambodia and Israel and looks forward to a fact-finding mission to our outreach work in Malawi in a few months time.  She has two daughters – Sarah who lives and works in Aberdeen and Anna who lives and works in Birmingham. Outwith her Church activities, Joan is a member of Arbroath Choral Society and enjoys music and visits to the theatre.