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
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...
|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.
Revd Michael John Galbraith
Aharon and Hodaya Lemberger
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.
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
Revd Wade Bellesbach
The Revd Dr Sue Jansen
The nearest Methodist church is Dundee
|Unitarian Christian Church|