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A very warm welcome to Revd Andrew Dick, who has been appointed as our Interim Moderator and Locum Minster by Lothian Presbytery while our minister Dale London is off sick.
Andrew is a local man to our area, living in Gorebridge and has recently been assisting at Loanhead Parish Church.
Andrew retired after 40 years of ministry when he completed a term as the minister at St. Michael’s Inveresk Church in Musselburgh. He knows Tyne Valley through having taken a service in Cranstoun Church some time ago.
We look forward to having Andrew help us with pastoral duties and the business of the parish. He can be contacted at his email address, which is email@example.com or on his mobile phone number of 07540099480.
Please keep Andrew in your prayers as he settles in and gets to know us, and also Dale and Betty too, during Dale’s time of recovery.
Originally from the United States, Dale has made Scotland his home since 1986, when he was posted here as a solider in the US Army.
Dale's wife, Betty, hails from Angus where they made their home until they came to join us in September, 2018.
Before taking up the ministry, Dale had been a soldier, an independent financial advisor, project manager and development officer for the Church of Scotland's Mission and Discipleship Council.
Ordained into Royal Army Chaplains Department in 2011 he served with 4th Regiment Royal Artillery until August 2012, when he left the service due to injury. He was then inducted to the charge of Dunnichen, Letham and Kirkden Church, Angus Presbytery, where he served until coming to us.
Dale and Betty's daughter, Andrea and her husband, Jamie are part of our parish here while their son Jamie and his wife, Megan remain in Angus
David retired from a varied and very interesting career of over thirty years in Edinburgh City and then Lothian and Borders Police forces before working as a project manager with Edinburgh Cyrenians for eight years.
With a small staff team and seventy volunteers, the ‘Good Food’ programme collected, sorted and stored eight tonnes of surplus, but ‘fit for purpose’ foods donated each week by food retailers and manufacturers before redistributing it to charities in Edinburgh where homeless and disadvantaged people were accommodated or went for a hot meal.
Final retirement came in 2007 after involvement in the Cyrenians Community Gardens based at The Royal Edinburgh and Midlothian Community Hospitals.
David and his wife Marilyn, moved to live in Edgehead Village attending Cranstoun church as part of Tyne Valley Parish. In 2010, David was ordained as an Elder in the Church of Scotland and then in 2016 took on the role as TVP Session Clerk, working initially with Revd. Alan Cobain, through a period of vacancy and now along with our present minister, Revd. Dale London.
As Session Clerk, David supports Dale, our Elders and members in administrative matters, ensuring the efficient working of our church and Kirk Session as well as helping with the planning and completion of any other event or occasion. David serves on the Worship Team taking services and enjoys the Christian fellowship found in our regular worship, home groups and prayer circle meetings. He has also ‘performed’ in our annual Holiday Club dramas!
David and Marilyn are both keen gardeners, crafters and busy with all matters practical around the house. Family is spread from Glasgow through Yorkshire and down to Surrey with four grandchildren to keep them young at heart!
David Says “TVP folk are so very friendly, energetic and committed to working in our community, living out the love of Jesus through giving help and support wherever it is needed. That’s what makes church. "
Hello, I am excited to be given this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me. I guess the best place to start would be with my name; I’m Reece Allan, the Youth Worker for Tyne Valley Parish Church.
I am from the sunny land from the east known as Prestonpans (aka a Panner). When I’m not being a youth worker, I study psychology at Queen Margaret University and have done so for a few years.
My post as Youth Worker is aimed for young folk from school years starting at p7 up to s6. Creating events and activities that will not only give them entertainment for an evening but will be a place of support for what is an important part of their life, high school.
I am looking forward to getting to know more people, so if you see me don’t be shy and say hello..