Rev Dr. Roderick J Grahame

Reverend Roderick GrahameOur minister, Rev Dr Roderick J Grahame, BD(Hons), CPS, DMin was inducted on 23rd September, 2010 at a service conducted by Rev David J Logan, minister of St Margaret’s in Forfar, and Rev Valerie L Allen, Moderator of the Presbytery of Angus.

The Rev David Jamieson ‘preached-in’ Roderick on Sunday 26th September, 2010 and this was the first time the congregation were able to see him resplendent in his new cassock.

Roderick originally hails from Monifieth (where David Jamieson was minister), a town in the very south of Angus, and his was the first year to go through Monifieth High School.

After leaving school, he began a BSc degree in astrophysics at Dundee University before transferring to St. Andrews where he gain a BD Honours in Ecclesiastical History and the History of Doctrine. Roderick then had a year out doing voluntary work both on Iona and overseas on a kibbutz in Israel. He travelled extensively too in Europe.

On returning to Scotland he completed his studies by a Certificate in Pastoral Studies (CPS) from the University of Aberdeen.

Roderick was ordained on 13th March 1991 and his first charge was Kilbowie St.Andrew’s in Clydebank, a recent union. 13th March is a very significant date for Bankies being the anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz and during his ministry there Roderick had the vision to set up the Blitz Commemorative Chapel inside the Church.He was also instrumental in organising the 60th anniversary commemorations of the Blitz in 2001 as well as being chair of the Clydebank Churches Millennium committee. A role that saw him being invited, with the other officebearers,to meet MPs at Westminster.

In Spring 2002 Roderick was translated to Largs St. Columba’s where his organisational talents were put to good use as the Secretary of Largs Churches Together for eight years. He also obtained for the community and congregation a mini bus, thanks to a very considerable legacy left to the Church. Roderick served as Moderator of Ardrossan Presbytery in 2007-08, thirty years on from joining the Kirk !

In the summer of 2010, Roderick was called here to Brechin Cathedral.

Out with the Church, Roderick lists his interests as a “passionate gardener, enthusiastic traveller and erstwhile historian”. He has researched his own family tree, discovering that one of his direct forebearers was George Tosh, who lived in Brechin and who was the coachman on the Brechin-Dundee stagecoach. He also enjoys swimming and walking his two black labradors : Butey and Smokey.

CONTACT RODERICK :

Cathedral Manse:  Phone; 01356 624980/ 07903 673547 (Mobile)

E-Mail: RGrahame@churchofscotland.org.uk

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE (DMin)

Roderick has now completed his Doctor of Ministry degree which was awarded by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Friday 5th June, 2015.

Roderick’s various doctoral papers during his course, as well as his final thesis “Shards of Hope”, are available to download below.

He was very surprised to discover that the Faculty at Pittsburgh had named him for the Richard J Rapp Memorial Prize 2015 for his doctoral thesis and overall scholarship.

 

Doctor of Ministry Papers (Please click to Download):

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