Karen Campbell is the Minister of Marchmont St Giles’. She was born in Edinburgh and completed her BD and MTh there in the 1990s. From 1996-2002, she was the senior Assistant at St Giles’ Cathedral, before being called to Marchmont in 2002.
In 2012 she completed her Doctorate in Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she wrote on issues of Remembrance and Suffering and living with Trauma, which many soldiers and chaplains returning from conflict zones, and bereaved and abused people live with on a daily and lifelong basis. She has been Chaplain to the Personnel Recovery Centre for the Army in Edinburgh and is currently the National Chaplain for the Royal British Legion Scotland. During 2015 Karen was Moderator of Edinburgh Presbytery. She convenes the Committee on Safeguarding for the Church of Scotland, which also combines her interest in supporting and being an advocate for vulnerable people.
Bettina moved to Edinburgh from Somerset in 2013 with her husband and 2 young children where she had been a Community Development Worker for Taunton United Reformed Church since 2006.
Prior to this Bettina worked in both Mental Health and Domestic Abuse projects using her training and qualifications in Health & social Care and counselling.
Bettina felt called to this post to draw together her experiences with children and families within churches and her professional skills to develop this new role here at Marchmont St.Giles’ to encourage, inspire and support families and children to feel welcome and explore faith within the Church family and be part of meeting the needs of the wider local community.
Associate Minister – Rev Teri Paterson
Teri Peterson, recently arrived from Chicago. I’m an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), transferring to the Church of Scotland. Part of that transfer process is a period of familiarisation, joining in the work of a parish and its minister–a time to learn about the culture, traditions, church law, history, and the life of the church in society.
I am originally from the Pacific Northwest (I grew up in the states of Oregon and Washington), but I’ve lived most of my adult life in the Chicago area, with a few years spent in Atlanta and in Cairo, Egypt. I was ordained to ministry of word and sacrament in 2006 on Reformation Sunday (the last Sunday of October) and have served two suburban congregations, the first for just over six years, and the second for about four and a half. I have loved Scotland ever since my first visit in the summer of 2000, and am excited to finally fulfil my dream and call to move here.