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Chaplaincy Team

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.

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2865
Mobile: +44 (0)7713 322036

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. 

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 1766
Mobile: +44 (0)7546 526280

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
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2866

Linda Bongiorno, Chaplaincy Secretary
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2866

Tracy Niven, Senior Chaplaincy Secretary
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2492

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
Honorary Church of Scotland Chaplain

Jane has worked in and around St Andrews, particularly with congregations around the East Neuk, for the last few years.  She was an English teacher and a radio journalist before training for ministry at Christ’s College Aberdeen. Ordained to Stobswell Church, Dundee in 1999 and since then has been minister to St Andrews Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem & St Andrews Galilee, and St Machar’s Cathedral Aberdeen.

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

Lutheran Church

Revd Wade Bellesbach

The nearest church is
St Columba Lutheran Church, East Kilbride
Evangelical Lutheran Church of England

Methodist Church

The Revd Dr Sue Jansen

The nearest Methodist church is Dundee
Dundee Methodist Church

Unitarian Christian Church

Rev Dr Rob Whiteman
Dundee Unitarians



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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