The APC Team

Meet our  Ministry Team                                                             

Rev Dr Lynn McChlery.

I moved to Auchterarder in May 2019 with my husband Stuart and Jura, our lively Labrador. We’re loving living in beautiful Perthshire and being part of a vibrant church family with all its quirks and challenges! I was a teacher and then a youth worker (with Scripture Union) before training for ministry and taking up my first charge in Eaglesham Church in 2005. I’m interested in vocation and how people listen to God, and I left Eaglesham for my PhD at Durham University on the subject of discernment.  I love good coffee, chocolate, throwing sticks for the dog, and walking with people at all stages of their faith journey as we try to make sense of what it means to follow Jesus today. In short, I love being a minister.

Contact details: Tel: 01764 662399  or click to email:  Rev Dr LMcChlery  

Rev Iain Paton

 As the Assistant Minister, my role is mainly one of visiting the older members of the congregation and those who live by themselves.   This is part-time as I am retired, having ministered to parishes in Banchory, Glasgow, Jerusalem, Elie; and finally as Associate Minister at Dunfermline Abbey.     I also lead some of the services at Auchterarder.  It is a great pleasure to be a member and to be associated with the work of Auchterarder Parish Church, which is a very active and forward-looking congregation, with a huge choice of activities going on week by week.  It certainly is not a ‘Sunday only’ place to be.    I’m in the church at services almost every Sunday, so if you would like a call or a visit at any time just catch me and let me know.   

Contact details: Tel: 01764 682234  or click to email Rev. Iain Paton

Other Team Members

Session Clerk: Ruth Buchan

Hi! I’m Ruth Buchan, one of four children. We grew up in Dunblane and then moved to Norwich where I trained as a nurse. I later attended Paisley University where I gained a degree and became a Health Visitor. My current role is supporting staff in the local NHS to improve and develop their services.  I became an elder in the Church of Scotland in 1998 and came to live in the area in 2003 when I started to attend Auchterarder Parish Church. I had the opportunity to attend the General Assembly as a Commissioner in 2013 which was an invaluable experience and in 2015 I became the Presbytery Elder for APC. Very recently I was appointed Session Clerk.  I have just moved into a new house in Auchterarder which has given me the chance to create a garden which I am thoroughly enjoying. My other interests include reading, visiting historical properties and gardens and spending time with my family.

Contact details: Tel: 01764 662160 or click to email Ruth Buchan

Facilities Administrator: Mandy Blackadder

Hello, I’m Mandy Blackadder. I moved to Auchterarder in August 2016 and have been the administrator for the Community Church Centre since 2018.  I was delighted to move here from Dubai where I was working as an air hostess at the time, with my husband and our firstborn.  Very soon after I arrived here in Auchterarder, I fell in love with the church and its congregation and soon became a member.  I now have two small children who take up a lot of my time but when I’m not working for the Community Church Centre and looking after the family, I’m teaching Zumba. I love reading, dancing and my family ( to bits).

Contact details:  Tel:  01764 660152  or click to email  Mandy Blackadder

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