Kilmore and Oban Church of Scotland
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Dugald Cameron - Brief Biography

Dugald CameronI arrived upon planet earth in October 1961. Since then I have grown a bit, and experienced a few things! (I am of a continuous line of Dugald Camerons stretching back to 1786, and perhaps to before Culloden).

Glasgow is my home town. Born in Partick, I grew up in and around Scotstoun attending the local primary and secondary. On leaving school as Vice-Captain, and after going on to Clydebank Tech College, I joined Scottish Power as a junior accountancy trainee. I stuck with this for four years whilst gaining life experience, more qualifications and money in preparation for university. In 1984 I enrolled in the Faculty of Divinity at Edinburgh Uni. Taking the advantage of this period I travelled the Eastern seaboard of the US, inter-railed round Europe and hung off trains in India – south to north. After loving every second at Uni., and studying at Tubingen University, Germany, and at United Theological College, Bangalore, India, I graduated in 1988 with Divinity Honours and then with a Diploma in Ministry in 1989. South Leith, Edinburgh was where I served as a Probationer Minister, before being ordained an Associate Minister in Inverurie in the rural North East. In 1992 I was inducted to my first sole charge at St. Martin’s Edinburgh; a housing scheme – full of brilliant folk. Whilst there, I gained a Masters in Theology.

For almost nine years I served as minister in St. John’s-Renfield situated in the West End of Glasgow. It was a privilege to preach in a wonderful sanctuary and to minister to a stimulating, busy and large congregation. Whilst in this charge I swapped manse/church for a summer with a family from Windsor, Vermont. I also found time to take study leave in Geneva and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sport was really important to me. I played everything at school, captaining the rugby and athletics teams. Then for over twenty years I played rugby; beginning with Hyndland FP and ending with Portobello. On giving up the oval ball I enjoyed five-a-side football and pretended to take the field for Patrick Thistle, Heart of Midlothian or Scotland – the teams of my dreams. I also love Sibelius, Schubert, J S Bach, Bruce Springsteen, the Stones, Gaelic traditional song, bagpipes and fiddle. A day on the hills walking with Jen the kelpie collie or cycling around Oban or Lismore is perfect. Eating out and a good pint or dram, reading Scandinavian crime fiction, Scottish and German cultural books and European history are magic too! I am totally enthused about Gaelic having attended Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye. Great friends are to be found in Oban Gaelic Choir where I sing tenor. And we won the Lovat and Tullibardine at the Mod in Oban – champions! Best of all is being a dad to Christiana and Islay and being married to Kirsten. Sin agad e

Since August 2007 I have been ministering in Kilmore and Oban. This is an exciting and demanding charge. There is much work to be done as a congregation as we work out what it means to be church in the 21st century. Since coming to Oban I have been encouraged in continuing to lead services broadcast on Oban FM and BBC Radio Scotland, having done so for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

As a minister I value interacting with all sorts of people of all ages. My passions are for preaching which engages both heart and brain along with the family worship whether less structured or more liturgical. Faith to me is a journey with God-in-Christ which enriches people spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and ethically across gender, sexuality, race and nationality.

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