Pioneering church role for Dougal

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A Carnoustie man who recently retired after over two decades in the oil industry is to take up an innovative role in the local church.

On September 10, Dougal Edwards (63) will be ordained, subject to the approval of the Angus presbytery, to the linked charge of Barry and Carnoustie where he will assist the incumbent, the Rev. Mike Goss.

He will be leading the way in Angus as one of the first Ordained Local Ministers.

This is quite a sea change for Mr Edwards who has spent his working life in the oil industry, first in Saudi Arabia, and latterly in the Brent Field with Shell until his retiral.

Mr Edwards started training to become a reader in the Church of Scotland in 1996 and qualified three years later. He has been preaching regularly ever since.

He undertook a further three years of study as a distance learner with Aberdeen University and qualified as a Bachelor of Theology in 2003. More recently he has also completed a course on Sacramental Theology.

Mr Edwards has been assisting the Rev. Peter Phillips with his congregations at Colliston, Friockheim and Inverkeilor for the last seven years. Mr Phillips commented: “Dougal has been a devoted servant for us, and his friendly manner has made him very popular. He leaves us assured of our love and prayers. We are delighted for Dougal as he is ordained and wish him well as he takes up this new role. We will miss him greatly.”

Mr Edwards’ final service in his current role will be at Colliston Church on Sunday, September 1, at 6.30 p.m.

He said: “I will share Mike Goss’s duties, leading worship and conducting funerals, weddings etc. I will also assist in pastoral work as there are two very large parishes.”