St Mary Magdalene's, Dundee

Rector

The Rector is the Rev. Canon Kenneth Gibson MA, BD, MTh, PGCE. He can be contacted by telephone on 0782 5554419 or by email on kenneth.gibson1@btinternet.com.

Kenneth is an Ayrshire man, born in 1954 and brought up in and around the old toun o’ Ayr. It a place known the world over as the ‘toun wham ne’er surpasses, for honest men and bonnie lassies’. A former pupil of Ayr Academy, Kenneth was educated firstly at the University of Glasgow where he gained an Honours degree in Medieval and Economic History. Kenneth Gibson Then, while an Ordinand at Coates Hall Theological College Edinburgh, he studied for a BD from 1983 to 1987 at New College from where he also gained an MTh in 2006.

As Luscombe Scholar, Kenneth served his Curacy at St. Margaret’s Newlands from 1987-90. He was Rector of St. Mark’s East Kilbride from 1990-98 and Rector of the Church of the Holy Rood Carnoustie from 1998-2007. Having previously qualified as a Teacher, he took up a position as Teacher of Religious and Philosophical Studies at Brechin High School from 2007-2015. In 2015 he returned to Parish Ministry as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity Church Monifieth. In 2019 Kenneth was elected as Synod Clerk and became a Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral Dundee. Kenneth and his wife Enza have been happily married for over 47 years. They have 3 grown up daughters and have 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Over the years their homes have been ‘blessed’ by a succession of large dogs and very black cats. At present they are mercifully petless.

Refusing to follow his elder sister and brother to piano lessons, Kenneth took up playing the guitar and after 52 years of playing and practise has become quite an accomplished player. His Theological/Spiritual interests lie primarily in exploring how the diverse Spiritual heritage of the Church can be made accessible and relevant to a contemporary audience. He has a particular interest in what is popularly called ‘Celtic Spirituality’ and how its insights can bring wisdom and discernment to the many problems facing our world today. When asked to define his place on the Christian spectrum Kenneth once said that that he was an Evangelical, Charismatic, Anglo-Catholic with Liberal leanings who fell in love with the Scottish Episcopal Church over 40 years ago. He can think of no better place within which to a be Christian and a priest.

Kenneth was Licensed as Transitional Rector for St. Mary Magdalene’s on the 5 June 2020 in the midst of the Covid 19 Lockdown. The Service was conducted via Zoom technology, certainly a first for St. Mary Magdalene’s, and also a first for the Diocese of Brechin. In many ways, this exemplified what is to be part of Kenneth’s Ministry among the Congregation. As well as being their pastor and priest, he is there to accompany the Vestry and Congregation through what will be for them a process of transition and change. His appointment will be for 4 ½ years and during that time the people of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church will have come to a deeper understanding of their unique calling as God’s people in this place and time, and what their mission and ministry may be in the years ahead.