Rev. Jonathan C. Fleming MA BD
Jonathan has been Minister of Cumbrae linked with Largs: St John’s Church since October 2017. This is his second charge, having been the Minister of Erskine Parish Church as well as the Padre to ERSKINE.
Originally from Bearsden and Milngavie, Jonathan attended The Glasgow Academy, before studying French Language and Literature, followed by Information Management and Preservation at The University of Glasgow.
Due to family circumstances, Jonathan joined his family-run food wholesale business in 2005. Having studied for five years for his MA, it came as a shock when he obtained a forklift licence in 80 minutes and used it a lot more than his first degree!
Feeling God’s call to Ministry, Jonathan returned to The University of Glasgow in 2008 to study Divinity, graduating in 2011.
Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in November 2012, Jonathan lives in Largs with his wife Karyn and his two daughters, Rachel and Hollie.
In 2015, Jonathan was awarded the title of ‘Citizen of the Year’ by Erskine Community Council for his leadership of the community work undertaken by Erskine Parish Church. He is a contributor to Spill the Beans and regularly contributes to the Weekly Worship resources for the Church of Scotland.
When he is not spending time with the family, Jonathan loves writing, playing and listening to music as well as photography, cooking and tinkering with computers.
He blogs at www.jonathancfleming.com
Gus McKay, Parish Assistant
Gus (only his mother calls him Angus) was born in Dalry and has lived there all his days. He is married to Shirley and they have four grown up children - a daughter and three sons as well as three lovely grandchildren.
Gus has been involved in Dalry Trinity for over 40 years and is an elder there.
Leaving school at 18, Gus went to work in Roche (now DSM) for 28 years before taking voluntary redundancy.
Following a time of prayerful discernment, Gus enrolled at The International Christian College in Glasgow with the intention of studying for two years but stayed for four completing an honours degree in theology. His time at ICC took him to Nigeria for four and a half months as an exchange student.
Gus’ journey after graduating firstly involved working with two gentlemen who had severe learning difficulties. This led on to working initially as a support worker at the Lodging House Mission and then as Chaplain to The Homeless Community in Glasgow. His work entailed drawing alongside men and women of various ages who were or had been homeless. Many of them had issues with addictions as well as multi complex needs. Although it was often very challenging, Gus considered it a privilege to work with those in such need.
Gus has been Parish Assistant to Cumbrae and Largs: St John’s since May 2018.
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