St Ninian’s is a church that celebrates its community feel and encourages the mission of all the congregation. To find out more about people in specific roles in the church read below.


The Reverend Joan Lyon is the Priest-in-Charge at St Ninian’s, she was licensed by the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney on 12th September 2015.


The Vestry assist and co-operates with the Clergy in matters relating to the spirituality of the congregation (amongst other responsibilities). Vestry members are also “charity trustees” of the charity comprising the Charge.

The current Vestry members are:

Vestry Secretary – Elizabeth Herlihy

Treasurer – Vacant

Lay Representative to Synod – Victor Dongo

Lay Representative to Synod – Vacant

Elected members

Anne Keenlyside

Ian Lovegrove

Jaime Buckingham

Pam Shand

Gioia Barnbrook


Elizabeth is our Secretary, she takes the minutes of vestry meetings amongst other responsibilities. She is also responsible (with Anne) for Protection of Vulnerable Groups. Margaret is the Treasurer for the vestry. Anne is the St Ninian’s Lay Representative to Diocesan Synod and is responsible (with Elizabeth) for Protection of Vulnerable Groups. Rachael is a representative of our student congregation members on the vestry. Jenny is responsible for the website and co-ordinates the Facebook page of the church. Other members of the vestry are Ian, Max and Victor.

Lay Ministry

We have a large lay ministry team at St Ninian’s (around a third of the regular congregation) who help during the service by doing readings, leading the prayers, helping to serve Holy Communion, set up for the service, take the offering and be in charge of coffee, tea and cake at the end of each service. There is a weekly rota (issued each month), but we are a church where people don’t hesitate to step up and do something if it needs doing.