John and Kay came to Ishinomaki in August 2015 to work alongside the ICC Team as Team Chaplains. They are part of the Mission To The World Tokyo team, and also members of Pioneers Australia.
John was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Scotland in 1985. He has ministered in Scotland, England, and for the last 20 years in Australia. He has experience in parish ministry, school and university chaplaincy, and for the last eight years was Minister of St Andrew’s Uniting Church in the suburbs of Melbourne.
After a career in nursing and nurse education, followed by involvement in ministry through Christian relief agencies, Kay trained at two Melbourne Bible Colleges. She has experience in parish ministry, and ministered for a number of years in hospital chaplaincy, particularly in the area of mental health.
John enjoys reading, playing the piano(particularly the music of JS Bach), concocting Indian curries and sleeping. Kay enjoys reading, watching and discussing movies, and hospitality. Her signature dish is spaghetti bolognaise.
They both consider it a great privilege to be here in Ishinomaki at this time, and are excited by signs of God’s fingerprints, and eager to be part of God’s mission in building his church here. If you visit, John will probably make you cringe with his bad puns and jokes, and you will have the pleasure of observing Kay’s discomfiture at his attempts at humour.