The Rev Elspeth Harley
There was delight when the congregations of Caddonfoot and Galashiels Trinity accepted the Rev Elspeth Harley as their new minister on 31st January 2014 after a two-year vacancy. Elspeth and her husband Ewen, a doctor, left Aberdeen behind – as she says, a bit further from the sea – for a new life in the Borders.
Elspeth was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and lived briefly in Glasgow, before going to Botswana with Ewen and their two children. She then studied at the ecumenical college in Gaborone before returning to completing her studies in Edinburgh. She spent 10 years as minister of the United Reformed Church in Glasgow and was then invited to teach ministry students in Samoa.
Elspeth moved back to Aberdeen and had a variety of part-time ministries. She set up a Messsy Church, served as a school chaplain, and has a keen interest in organisations like Fair Trade and Christian Aid.