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Chaplaincy Team

Donald, the Chaplain, will be taking a period of eight weeks leave from Saturday 20 June until 16 August 2020.  This is a long-planned period using annual leave, following nine years as Chaplain.  He hopes to spend the time resting and reading, to help prepare for uncertain times in the University and society. 

While Donald is off duty, the Chaplaincy remains available to support students and staff throughout the summer vacation.  People can talk in confidence to Chaplains from across the Chaplaincy team via Teams, facetime and phone calls, or by email – whatever the issue.  All are welcome to email the Chaplaincy at or call 01334 462866.  The Assistant Chaplain, Revd Samantha Ferguson, will be taking the lead in the Chaplaincy supporting colleagues and students.  Her email address is  Students are also welcome to contact Student Services at

If you are in St Andrews, you may well meet Donald on a regular walk.  He looks forward to returning to work, renewed and refreshed, in mid-August. 

The Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, University Chaplain

The Chaplain's full title is Chaplain to the University. He is Chaplain to the whole University, to students, to all staff and support staff, and can be contacted at the Chaplaincy or for emergency pastoral care on his mobile.

T: 01334 462865
M: 07713322036

The Revd Samantha Ferguson, Part-time Assistant University Chaplain

Sam will be involved in most of the Chaplaincy’s life, from taking services to interfaith events, from meeting international students to offering pastoral care to staff and students. 

T: 01334 461766
M: 07546526280

All this involves befriending, counselling, advice and support - whatever may be appropriate. People come and talk about all kinds of things, some to do with faith matters; often, however, faith is not mentioned. Issues range through depression, anxiety, panic attacks, study problems, relationships, identity, bereavements, career, spiritual matters.

Contact the Chaplaincy
T: 01334 462866

Linda Bongiorno, Chaplaincy Secretary
T: 01334 462866

Tracy Niven, Senior Chaplaincy Secretary
T: 01334 462492

Meet the Team...

Fiona Barnard
Honorary Global Chaplain

Fiona loves meeting students and staff from all over the world.  Fiona oversees our Befrienders scheme which introduces students, for whom English is not their first language, to local people – see further information on the Chaplaincy website.  She is also an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutor through Fife Council where, among others, she enjoys teaching partners of those at the university.

Revd Jane Barron (from 1 September 2020)
Honorary Church of Scotland Chaplain
Rev Professor Ian Bradley (Until 31 August 2020)
Honorary Church of Scotland Chaplain

Barbara Davey
Honorary Quaker Chaplain

Barbara is a lifelong Quaker - green fingered, enjoys writing, and is devoted to learning and nurturing. She is a member of St Andrews Quaker Meeting (The Religious Society of Friends) and has served with Friends both locally and nationally.

Sandy Edwards
Honorary Humanist Chaplain

Sandy previously taught Biology in the University and is now retired but still does fieldwork with some teaching.  He is a Humanist funeral celebrant and has held various posts in the Humanist Society Scotland. Sandy is on the committee of the Spiritual and Healthcare department in NHS Tayside and works as a volunteer at Ninewells Hospital.

Revd Michael John Galbraith
Honorary Roman Catholic Church Chaplain

Father Michael John is the Parish Priest of St James in St Andrews on the Scores opposite Canmore, the Catholic Chaplaincy.

Aharon and Hodaya Lemberger
Honorary Jewish Chaplains

Hodaya and Aharon were born in Jerusalem and are now living in Glasgow. Aharon got his L.L.B at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and worked as a prosecutor at Jerusalem's DA's office and as a lawyer at Israel's Ministry of Justice, overseeing criminal legislation. In the past few years Hodaya worked as a Remedial Teacher in Efrat, Israel helping special education students improve their reading and writing skills. Hodaya and Aharon graduated Ohr Torah Stone's Machon Amiel program that trains Educators and Rabbis towards Different Shlichut positions in the Diaspora, and Aharon also took part at Machon Amiel's Torat Yosef kollel, where he studied towards Rabbinic Ordination.

Kitty Macintyre
Honorary Pagan Chaplain

Kitty has worked in the University administration for 30 years, having been a student here before that. She enjoys her regular contact with Pagan students and any other students who cross her path.
Revd Alan McGougan
Honorary United Reformed Church Chaplain

Alan is a minister in the United Reformed Church and moved to live in Dunfermline in 2016 and is minister to five congregations in the Fife and Tayside area. In 2016 the United Reformed Church became the first mainstream Christian denomination to vote in favour of allowing ministers to conduct same-sex marriages.
Dr Emily Michelson and Bill Shackman
Honorary Lay Jewish Chaplains
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Emily and Bill (a married couple) offer support to Jewish students in teaching, encouragement and hospitality, and in taking part in Jewish Society events.
Revd Dr Jared Michelson
Honorary Cornerstone Chaplain

Jared grew up in the United States, but has lived and worked in St Andrews with his wife Becky since 2013 while pursuing post-graduate education. In 2018 Jared became the lead Pastor at Cornerstone Church in St Andrews.
The Very Revd. ArchimandriteAvraamy Neyman
Honorary Orthodox Chaplain

Fr Avraamy is a priest and monk from the Russian Orthodox Church who moved to Scotland in 2007 and is based in Dundee.
Dr Sam Pehrson
Honorary Buddhist Chaplain

Sam is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. He works with the student-led Buddhist Meditation Society to run the weekly meditation and reading/discussion group. He is happy to meet anybody in the university interested in any aspect of Buddhist practice.
Imam Abdul Raof
Honorary Islamic Chaplain

Imam Abdul Raof works with the St Andrews Muslim Students Association in organising Friday Prayers, and is available to students and staff on any issue in connection with Islam.
Leslie Stevenson   
Honorary Quaker Chaplain

Leslie was Reader in Philosophy 1968-2000, and is now Honorary Reader. He is author of Open to New Light: an introduction to Quaker spirituality, Thirteen Theories of Human Nature and Eighteen Takes on God. He has been known to conduct chamber ensembles and to paint landscapes (not at the same time).

Local faith contacts

Unitarian Christian Church Rev Dr Rob Whiteman
Methodist Church

The Revd Dr Sue Jansen

The nearest Methodist church is Dundee.



The Chaplaincy Centre

3A St Mary's Place
St Andrews
KY16 9UY
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2866/2492

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