Published on 29 October, 2019
A former accountant raised in South Africa has been appointed as the new minister of an Aberdeen church.
Rev Tanya Webster, who worked for KPMG, drinks giant Diageo and Audit Scotland, will give spiritual leadership at Midstocket Parish Church.
The 47-year-old stated she was hunting forward to functioning with the elders to boost neighborhood outreach operate and engage additional young individuals in the life of the congregation.
Ms Webster, the daughter of a Scots mother and an English father, became a Kirk minister nine years ago and moved to Aberdeen from Ardrossan Park Church in Ayrshire, which was her initially complete-time post.
She stated: “I wasn’t hunting for a new charge but felt God’s contact especially to Midstocket Parish Church and have felt that contact has been affirmed every single step of the way.
“I am truly excited by the move and from my initially interaction with the nominating committee we seemed to relate nicely to every other.
“As I have met additional of the congregation, I have been bowled more than by the enthusiastic welcome I have received.
“I am especially hunting forward to functioning with the congregation and surrounding neighborhood and seeing what new strategies we can relate to and integrate with other neighborhood groups and especially with some of the younger generations.”
Ms Webster was inducted into Midstocket Parish Church through a particular service organised by the Presbytery of Aberdeen final Thursday.
Coincidentally, she found, just after sensing her contact to Aberdeen, that the preceding minister at Midstocket Parish Church was Rev Sarah Nicol, who leads St Cuthbert’s Parish Church in Saltcoats – two miles away from Ardrossan.
Ms Webster, who was born in Zambia, moved to Scotland in 1997.
She lived in Paisley for 12 years prior to performing a probationary placement at The Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church in Angus.
Ms Webster graduated from Glasgow University in July 2009 and was awarded the Trinity Prize for most distinguished female graduate of the year.
In her spare time she loves to study, meet new individuals and has a passion for crafts – knitting, sewing, papercraft and beadwork.
Rev Dr John Ferguson, clerk to the Presbytery of Aberdeen, stated: “The Presbytery was delighted to welcome Tanya as the new minister at Midstocket Parish Church.
“Midstocket is a robust congregation with a superb sanctuary and fantastic facilities and with their new minister, they are getting into into an thrilling new chapter.
“We want Tanya every single blessing in her new ministry.”