Ministry Team

The Rector – The Reverend Nick Bowry

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Nick is Rector of the linked charge of St James the Less Penicuik and St Mungo, West Linton.

A relatively recent entrant to the priesthood, Nick was ordained Priest in 2017. In his previous career, he held many posts in HR with a range of organisations, including the University of Edinburgh and the Medical Research Council.

He has been a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Administration Board and served on General Synod. He has also initiated many projects involving local communities.

He owns to preferring an anglo-catholic style of worship, and values the role of music in worship. He is also a member of the Iona Community, Cursillo and enjoys Taize worship.

He continues to enjoy walking the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compestela when he can.

Apart from walking, he likes reading. Oh, and he has a dog, named Jep, who accompanies Nick on his perambulations around Penicuik, meeting and chatting to folk.

Other members of the Ministry Team

The Reverend Neville Suttle (part-time voluntary ministry)

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Neville came to Penicuik from Aberdeen in 1964, with wife Tilly, to become research scientist at Moredun Institute, Edinburgh.  Neville began training as Lay reader soon after arriving in Penicuik and joined a group of three from the St James congregation to train for Non-Stipendiary Minister.

Joy Middleton – Lay Reader

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Joy Middleton Profile PictureI have been a Lay Reader for about ten years – originally licenced and working in south-west London, within the Southwark diocese. I was also licenced to the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway to enable me to work (mainly during a vacancy) in Kirkcudbright where Pete and I have a holiday home.

I have spent most of my life living and teaching Religious Studies in the London area. I have taught every secondary year-group in multi-ethnic secondary modern, comprehensive, grammar and private-sector schools.

I was originally a Baptist, but trained at the Anglican Christ Church College Canterbury (now Canterbury Christ Church University) as a Religious Studies teacher. That was half a century ago when RS was still called Divinity.

We moved to West Linton in 2018 to be near our grandchildren. I was licenced as Lay Reader for St James the Less and the Diocese of Edinburgh in June 2020.

Chris Shaw – Lay Reader

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My husband and I moved to West Linton in August 2019 after 35 years in North Yorkshire. There I worked as a General Practitioner until retirement in 2010 and trained to be a Lay Reader in the following 2 years. I love preaching the Bible and have a passion to see our lives increasingly match the Christian model we see in the New Testament.