Who’s Who

Rev Fiona Gardner

Minister
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Rev Fiona Gardner, our minister, was introduced to the church on May 11th 2011. Fiona was ordained in 1997 and, before becoming minister at Temple-Anniesland, has ministered to congregations in various parts of Glasgow. She did her probationary period here at Temple-Anniesland church with the then minister Rev Robert Johnston from 1995-97, and greatly enjoyed that placement. Little did she know that God would call her to return in 2011!

Fiona and her husband Colin married in 1994, and they have a son Andrew born in 2000. They also have a very mischievous dog called Jack.

Fiona writes: ‘I worked at Greenbank Church in Clarkston, Glasgow  as an ordained assistant from 1997-2000, and then went to my first charge at South Shawlands church from 2000-11.  These 11 years were a great time to learn new things, and to develop my ministry style and priorities. At Temple-Anniesland church I have a real desire to help and encourage all of the church family in their worship, learning and growth, no matter what their age group.

What is especially important to me in my ministry is learning about God, through prayer, bible study and self-development. I see having questions as a very positive thing – it’s an opportunity for growth. Being inclusive, especially to those with disabilities is also central, along with a commitment to prayers for healing.   I very much want to encourage families and children and add more opportunities for all ages to worship together.

I am also very committed to issues of world justice, and I’ve been a long standing member of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which seeks to work and campaign on behalf of those Christians around the world, who face discrimination and persecution because of their faith. I am also a member of the World Mission Council in the Church of Scotland.

I would be delighted to chat with you if you have questions or thoughts about the Christian faith, even if you are not involved with any church. For this, or any church matter that you would like to bring to my attention, please get in touch’

You can contact Fiona through the contact page on the web site – by phone or the email form – and she will contact you soon afterwards.

Ellen Griffiths

Youth Elder
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“Hello! It’s wonderful to be able to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the Youth and Children’s Worker at Temple Anniesland Church.

Before getting into youth work professionally I had a varied career, trying my hand at several things including secondary school teaching, business consultancy and hair-dressing. However, my love of working with children and young people has been a constant thread underlying all of this, even since I was at school myself!

Having grown up locally, I studied at and graduated from Durham University and then moved to London. There, I got involved as a volunteer youth worker in a church with a large and well-established youth work ministry. This opportunity opened many doors, especially once I decided to pursue youth ministry full-time.

I’m now enjoying being back home in Glasgow having completed my ‘Youth Work and Ministry’ diploma with Oasis College, London.

When I’m not youth-working you might find me playing percussion, experimenting in the kitchen or demonstrating my mastery of the After Eight game.

Please do get in touch, especially if you have any youth or children’s work related questions, ideas or comments. I look forward to hearing from you!”