Presbytery readers profiles

This page details the current list of readers available to Edinburgh Presbytery with brief bios for each.  Contact details for the readers can be found on page 21 of the Presbytery Yearbook.

Martin Pearce

Martin Pearce Martin has been a reader since October 2003. His home Church is Davidson’s Mains. He has led worship in 22 different churches / chapels in Edinburgh including two Locum 6-month appointments at Willowbrae and St Nicholas. He has served on Presbytery LCR teams since 2015.

Bert Kerrigan

Bert Kerrigan Bert’s home church is Greyfriars, Edinburgh. He preaches in and around Edinburgh and Presbytery of Lothian. As a former Convener of the General Assembly’s Committee on Chaplains to HM Forces he takes part in some Military Services. Bert conducts weddings and funerals and was Senior Chaplain to John Cairns for his Moderatorial Year and stood in for him at  Dumbarton Riverside and Gulland/Aberlady when on post Moderatorial duties or duties as Dean of the Chapel Royal.

Alan Johnston

Alan Johnston Alan is a member of South Leith Parish Church. He stands in for the minister (Rev Iain May) and preaches, takes prayers and takes services and funerals. He has also taken services at other CoS churches in Edinburgh. Alan is also authorised as a Reader by the Church of England at St Raphael Church in France, where he preaches and assists with Communion.

Fiona Devoy

Fiona Devoy Fiona has been a reader in the Church of Scotland since 2012. She lives with her husband, David, in the Gilmerton area, and worships with the church family at Liberton Kirk. Works as a librarian in a secondary school in Falkirk, Wednesdays to Fridays. Fiona is happy to travel anywhere in Edinburgh presbytery to lead worship on Sundays. Also leads worship in a number of care home settings, but does not take funerals because of present work commitments.

Helen Tew

Helen Tew Helen’s home church is Davidson's Mains. She recently completed a 9 month period as locum at St Martin's (Magdalene). Took up a new locum position at Priestfield on 5th November.

kate jackson

Kate Jackson. Kate was set apart as a reader in 2015. Her home church is Liberton Northfield. She undertakes occasional Pulpit Supply and is involved with Christianity Explored.

Irene Sherriffs

Irene Sherriffs Irene is a member of Gorgie Dalry  Stenhouse Church and is available to do pulpit supply.