The Moderator of Presbytery for 2021-2023 is the Rev Maggie Whyte
The Rev Maggie Whyte has lived in Aberdeen since 1979 when she moved there via Edinburgh from Lanarkshire. Her two daughters, Heather and Ruthie, are Aberdonians.
Maggie was educated at Elmwood Senior Secondary School in Bothwell. She began working in Edinburgh at Lady Mary Residential School for Maladjusted Children as an untrained Residential Social Worker. Her move to Aberdeen brought her to work at Cordyce Residential School in Dyce while she completed her Social Work training at RGIT now RGU.
Maggie lived in Torry for 25 years and it was there that she became a member of the Church of Scotland at Torry St Fittick’s Church during the ministry of the Rev David S Hutchison. She worked in various roles in the congregation including Safeguarding, Christian Aid Convener, Brownie Guider and Youth Leader, and was Ordained as an Elder.
After her daughters started school Maggie worked for a number of years in Community Work with young families in the Torry area of Aberdeen. A change of career saw her train as a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist and she set up her business in Huntly Street in the City Centre, never expecting that another call would be made on her life.
A return to education, to Aberdeen University to study for a Degree in Divinity at the age of 46, followed a Church of Scotland Assessment Conference where she was accepted to train for Ministry of Word and Sacrament. Maggie completed her training and placements in Aberdeen in 2008 and spent 15 months at Rubislaw Church as a Probationer under the excellent guidance of the Rev Andrew Wilson.
In February 2010 Maggie was called to serve the congregation and Parish of Aberdeen St Stephen’s Parish Church where she had previously completed a Student Attachment. With the support of this hard-working and welcoming congregation, Maggie has enjoyed 11 years of Ministry including work in her own areas of special interest – with young people in Holiday Clubs, Girls’ Brigade and local schools. Along with members of the congregation Maggie set up a Drop In for people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health – the Y-Knot Drop – In has run successfully for over 9 years.
Maggie feels honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Moderator of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland and hopes you will join her in praying that she doesn’t cause too much havoc during her time in office!
The Moderator’s Cross
Given for the Glory of God, the Service of His Church and in a family’s loving memory of Rev Alastair F Lamont MA
When Alastair was Moderator of the Presbytery of Aberdeen (1992-1993) he acquired and wore this silver cross whose elegant simplicity and starkness convey the message of Him who died that all might live.
On Alastair’s death on 21 July 1998 his family presented this gift to the Presbytery of Aberdeen to be used as a badge of office by its successive Moderators.
Rev Hutton Steel (High Hilton)
Lorna Glen (Elder – Ferryhill)
Rev Keith Blackwood (Mannofield)
Rev Ian Aitken (Stockethill)
Rev Duncan Eddie (Holburn West)
Rev Hugh Wallace (Newhills)
G. Haggart (Elder – Ferryhill)
S. Guy (Northfield)
K Petrie (Craigiebuckler)
N Parker (Bucksburn Stoneywood)
A Falconer (St Machar’s Cathedral)
J Watson (St Mark’s)
M Simpson (Elder, Rubislaw)
J Davies (St Stephen’s)
A G N Wilson (Rubislaw)
W M M Campbell (Formerly Chaplain at Royal Cornhill Hospital)
R Brown (Queen’s Cross)
J H A Dick (Ferryhill)
R Wallis (Elder, Rublislaw)
F Coutts (Hospital Chaplain)
I Mclean (Summerhill)
H F Kerr (Ruthrieston South)
M V A Mair (Holburn West)
J B Montgomerie (Peterculter: Kelman Memorial)
W E Wilkie (Kincorth)
T D Allsop (Beechgrove)
D B Rennie (Industrial Mission Organiser)
A F Lamont (Denburn)