Presbytery of Lothian


We are delighted to report that we have a nominee for our vacancy. He is Rev Robin Allison, age 50. He is married to Julia and has three grown-up daughters.
His life has been devoted to parish ministry, most recently at Elderslie Kirk in Renfrewshire for the past 12 years. He has been in two parishes before that and is an experienced parish minister.
The Nominating Committee is convinced that he’ll be a very good fit for us here at Chalmers. He is very much a ‘people person’, believing that relationships, with God and with each other, are at the heart of all that we do. He has a strong record of pastoral work both in his church and local communities, as he leads and supports others.
The Nominating Committee was selected by the congregation and tasked with being thorough and robust in our work, which we were. After careful deliberation, Mr Allison was the unanimous recommendation from the committee for the congregation.
Exciting times are ahead here for us at Chalmers. I am convinced that we’ll all grow to love Robin Allison as our next minister here doing God’s work in our community.
Rev Robin Allison will preach at the 11am service on Sunday 26th November, there will then be a vote following the service for all members of the congregation. Please note there will be NO 10.15am service on 26th November.
Colin Sutherland


 An Invitation

Our Vision …
Members of Chalmers Memorial Church seek...

  • to affirm the love of God for all people, in worship and outreach opportunities;
  • to take on the responsibilities of Christian Discipleship by following the example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ;
  • to show God's love to the people of Cockenzie & Port Seton and its environs, by witnessing to the gospel of Jesus Christ and reaching out especially to those we know who are in need;
  • to share our Christian values with local services aiming to build a caring community

Our next minister …
We are looking for a minister to join us, who will work enthusiastically both for us and with us in three particular areas:        

  • Worship

Communicating the truths and values of the gospel with us, sharing the sacraments with reverence, warmth and humour, and making use of all resources available - including guiding the worship team.

  • Community Presence

Being our Ambassador - maintaining, developing and finding new ways to link with different age-groups in our community while sharing in the day-to-day life of the parish.

  • Pastoral

Providing support and insight into pastoral care and visiting those who are identified as being in particular need.
Inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ we will work alongside our new minister sharing our skills and enthusiasm as possibilities for development are identified.
If you think it is possible God might call you to our church, please read on as we tell you something of our story and our context.


Having been given permission to call a minister with unrestricted tenure, we are now able to advertise our vacancy, and will be happy to receive applications from Ministers who read our Parish Profile and feel an urge to know more...

Appropriate documents can be accessed as follows:

The Parish Profile

Our latest Local Church Review

Other items can be made available on application to the Interim Moderator or the Clerk to the Nominating Committee.

Interim Moderator:
Rev Neil Dougall
Tel:         01620 892132

Clerk to Nominating Committee:        
Mrs Anne Arnott
Tel:        01875 852044



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