Dugald Cameron - Brief Biography
I 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 Christy and Islay. 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. It is good to be in a ministerial partnership with Rev Chris, complementing each other’s strengths and talents. 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.
I joined the team here in Oban in March 2014, a place I never imagined I would work but now feel very much at home in. As parish assistant I support Dugald in all aspects of parish ministry. My work is diverse, two days are never the same and it's completely fulfilling.
Originally from Gloucestershire, I moved to Scotland just a couple of years after Steve and I got married, when he took up the post of Church of Scotland minister on the Rhinns of the Isle of Islay. We spent six very happy years there, then felt called to a linked parish down in the Borders, but we came back to Argyll at the end of 2012 and settled in Southend just south of Campbeltown. By then I had become an Ordained Local Minister and initially worked in a vacant charge on the west coast of Kintyre.
I grew up way down south in Cheltenham, which is nestled in the Cotswolds and is another beautiful part of the country. My parents were members of the local Methodist Church so it was only natural for me to attend church youth groups. I became a member of the church when I was a young adult and moved into leadership roles, becoming a Sunday School teacher and Captain of the Girls' Brigade Company. There was a strong musical tradition in my home church of St Mark's and I joined the choir, played in an inter-generational recorder group and also co-founded a praise band which is still going strong.
As a youngster my parents sent me to dance classes, in an attempt to channel my energy... little did they know that it would become a life-long passion. Starting with classical ballet, I moved on to contemporary dance and even studied it as one of my major subjects at teacher training college. I still love dancing at ceilidhs and I go to watch dance productions whenever I get the chance, although that can be challenging when living in rural Argyll!
In 1980 I graduated from Worcester College of HE with a teaching degree and found myself drawn to working with 0-8 year olds with additional support needs. I specialised in self-esteem, communication and behaviour management. This involved working directly with families at home as well as in a pre-school or school environment and I loved what I did.
Of course the years go by and life moves on. I have 3 grown up children and I’m a grandmother too, which is very special. I'm the typical mother hen and am at my happiest when are all able to get together, but that’s not so easy to organise as the family grows!
I never imagined I would end up working and living, for part of the week at least, so far from home but God works in mysterious ways and I know that this is where I am meant to be. Now I can't imagine living or working anywhere other than here in this beautiful part of Scotland.Top of Page