The Very Revd Kenny Rathband
Rector at Holy Trinity since 2018. Kenny retired on the 31st August, celebrating his last service on the 12th September 2021.
Born 1960 Kenny was Dean of the diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane in the Scottish Episcopal Church, for over 14 years before steeping down due to his early retirement.
He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Theological College and was ordained deacon in 1986, and priest in 1987. After a curacy at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee he was Team Vicar at St Martin’s in the city until 1989, and then at St Philips and St James’, Edinburgh until 1991. He moved north into the diocese of St Andrews Dunkeld and Dunblane becoming Rector of St Ninian’s, Alyth, with St Catherine’s, Blairgowrie, and St Anne’s, Coupar. Leaving the charge after almost 20 years Kenny moved to Dunfermline in 2018 taking charge of both Holy Trinity Dunfermline and St Margaret’s Rosyth.
Kenny oversaw the move to live streaming, covering almost 200 online services from initial concept to the full system we have today. Working through the Covid-19 pandemic and trailing new ways to connect across the congregation.
The Very Revd Hunter Farquharson – Interim Priest
Post Kennys announcement to Retire later in 2021 the Vestries of Holy Trinity Dunfermline and St Margaret’s Rosyth learned on Monday 12th July that Bishop Ian has asked Revd Hunter Farquharson to be Interim Pastor for the charge. Revd Hunter will be known to those who attended Holy Trinity in 1997-1999 when he was Rector. Known for leading the YF and multiple social events across the year in addition to his role as Rector. Many of us know Hunter from current his role as Provost in our Diocesan Cathedral in Perth. We look forward to welcoming him back to Holy Trinity over the next few months.
Whilst Revd Hunter supports us pastorally he will not celebrate with us every Sunday, having many duties as Provost of the Cathedral. We will continue to be blessed with the kind assistance of Priests from across the Diocese until such time as a replacement for Revd Kenny has been appointed.
The Revd Canon (Prof) Oliver O’Donovan
Born in 1945, is an Anglican priest and academic, known for his work in the field of Christian ethics. He also made contributions to Political Theology, both contemporary and historical. He was Regis Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford from 1982 to 2006, and was Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh from 2006 to 2013.
Ordained in 1972 as Decon he bacame Priest in 1973. Now retired from the University and living in Dunfermline Oliver is a Member of Holy Trinity but will often Preside over our services.
Revd Ross Kennedy (Father Ross)
Father Ross was born in Dunfermline but moved South and became a Priest in the Church of England. When he retired and moved back to Scotland Ross joined our clergy team. He has been instrumental in the training of many curates Since his return as a member of Holy Trinity Father Ross was made Honorary Priest and sometimes Presides over our services.
The Rt Revd Ian Paton
Bishop Ian Paton had been Rector of Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh since 1997 until October 2018. He is also honorary Anglican Chaplain to Edinburgh University, Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and Associate Tutor at the Scottish Episcopal Institute.
He was previously a rector in East Lothian, Vice-Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, a university chaplain in Oxford, a bishop’s chaplain, and a curate in Reading. He is a former convener of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s (SEC) provincial Liturgy Committee, involved in writing new services for the SEC, and continues to teach worship to students training for ministry. He is a supporter of the ordination of women, the rights of LGBTQI people, and the inclusion of people of all ages in the Church.
As our Bishop, +Ian visits regularly and Presides over the service at Holy Trinity during those visits.
Revd Stuart Gray
Stuart is a full time RME and Guidance teacher at Woodmill High. He was formally Priest in the Catholic Church and is currently Assistant Priest with our Brothers and Sisters at St Peters Kirkcaldy, Scottish Episcopal Church.
Stuart played a key role in our community whilst we were in our previous vacancy. As Rectors Warden and already a priest Stuart stepped up and helped guide our community. Stuart still regularly joins us at Holy Trinity with his family.
Curates and those on Discernment/Training
Holy Trinity Dunfermline has aways welcomed those through discernment and training to spend time in our community. We are always happy to support new applicants who we feel can enrich the life of our own community.
Ross, a former member joined the congregations of Holy Trinity and St. Margaret’s at the beginning of January for a nine-week placement as part of his on-going discernment journey. We wish him all the best as he continues this journey, we will hold him in our prayers and we hope both Ross and his husband Ray will join us again soon.
At Holy Trinity Dunfermline we are also blessed with a range of Lay readers who minister to groups, our Youth & Children and take home communion out into the community.
The Rev Canon Chrisitne Fraser (Fife Cluster YF)
Last but by no means least is Chrisitne Fraser. Rector at St Peters Kirkcaldy Christine has become an integral part of our Youth Ministry at Holy Trinity. Recently made a Canon of the Diocese Chrisitne is incredibly hard working and with her dog Bubbles, the Youth Fellowship mascot, Chrisitne helps our Youth Leaders and Rector provide a space for young adults to grow in them selfs and their faith. Christine occasionally Presides at Holy Trinity’s Thursday service.
Holy Trinity Dunfermline is now in vacancy and is looking for a full time Rector to take us forward in our next chapter. If you are considering the role and want any further information about the role, church community, rectory or local area please get in touch.