The Team

Rev Fiona Smith

Minister

I was born and brought up first in London, then Surrey and then Bournemouth! My Dad is a Scot and my late mum was English - so I am a mongrel! I was baptised at St Columba Church of Scotland Pont Street in London so my roots are firmly in the Kirk. Every year we came to Scotland to visit family and I always loved those holidays - Scotland felt like home to me and I have always supported Scotland at Rugby!

 

After leaving school I went to Manchester University to read Law and then I became a solicitor in London where I practiced as a Reinsurance litigator. In 1997 I met my lovely husband Andrew on a week's sailing holiday from Falmouth to the Sicily Isles - we both love sailing although I am at incompetent crew level whereas Andrew has been sailing since he was 15 and has sailed many many times throughout the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebrides. We were married at Pluscarden Kirk near Elgin in 1998.

 

While my legal career was going very well I had this real sense that I was to do something more - after much soul searching it became clear that God was calling me to the ministry - with the affirmation of ministers and friends Andrew and I took a leap of faith and moved to Scotland where I began studying for my Bachelor of Divinity degree at St Andrew's University. My training for the ministry however was put on hold for a few years when Andrew and I were blessed with our two daughters Katie and Liza in 2002 and 2004. I completed my degree at St Andrew's University in 2008 and did my probationary placement in Dundee.

 

It was with much joy and a huge sense of blessing that I accepted the call of the congregation at Ness Bank to be their minister in November 2009. We moved up during that snowy winter and I was ordained and inducted on 15 January 2010. Since then I have not looked back - it is a huge privilege to be the minister of Ness Bank Church, and to be part of such a thriving, caring and loving congregation.

Wym Simpson

Session Clerk

Mr Wym Simpson was born in Inverness and spent forty years in Insurance before taking early retirement. He was ordained as an elder in the now closed West Parish church in 1968.He spent several years as a member of Inverness Presbytery and trained as a Mission Resource person joining Ness Bank church in 1999 holding various roles including team leader of Mission, Worship and Community and Outreach prior to taking up the post of Session Clerk.

Geoff Thomson

Assistant Session Clerk

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