Malcolm Rooney is a native of Ballachulish and was a teacher of Physical Education for 16 years before entering the ministry. He was called to Kirriemuir Old Parish in 1993 and in 1999, there came the union of the Glens and Kirriemuir Old into one congregation. At the service of union, the Moderator spoke about Malcolm’s capacity for hard work. He congratulated him on his part in building up Kirriemuir Old to its position of strength, and looked forward to seeing how, under his leadership, the new, united charge would grow and prosper in many exciting ways. Malcolm is assisted in his work by an Administrator, a Team Minister, a Pastoral Team and a very large team of lay volunteers.
He is particularly interested in the development of Spirituality using the old Celtic Anamchara model of Soul Friends and Spiritual Conversation.
In addition to Parish duties Malcolm served as Clerk to the Presbytery of Angus from 1997 to 2006. He has served as one of the Presbytery’s Pastoral Advisers and is now the Convener of its Superintendence Committee.
In the National Church Malcolm has been a member of the Church of Scotland Assembly Council Spirituality Study Group, and the National Mission Task Force for Change and he was the first Convener of the Area Team Ministry Development Group which has recently been hailed as a genuinely new concept for the Church of Scotland and the Ministry of the future [see the Church of Scotland Web Site for more information]. From 2002 to 2006 he was the Convener of the Ministries Council’s Communication Task Group.
For the past ten years he has worked with his local colleagues in the West Angus Area Ministry to develop a Group Practice model of Ministry. He is adamant that Group Practice Ministries will be one of the substantive models of ministry in the 21st Century.
He is also passionately concerned about Climate Change and the church response to this challenge. He is a member of the Board of Eco Congregation Scotland and is the Environment Officer for Rotary District 1010 covering the clubs from the River Forth north.
Malcolm has also served on a number of Investigating Committees for the Church and has trained in mediation techniques.
In whatever spare time is available he enjoys gardening, hillwalking, fishing and golfing as well as reading and bashing a tune from his grandfather’s button key accordion.
And, in the past three years he has become the proud grandfather of Thomas Graham Rooney, Danny Fraser Rooney, Rory Matthew Rooney and Noah Gray Rooney.
Linda Stevens came to the Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church in 2004 as a probationary minister. On completing her ministry training she was ordained in January 2006 into the post of team minister for the West Angus Area Ministry (WAAM), based in the Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church.
To this post Linda brings a varied background from her work in teams as a senior technical officer in the insurance industry, to her involvement in various voluntary organisations over the years. Prior to ministry training she spent 14 years
bringing up her three children and caring for her parents.
Linda has continued to develop her ministry skills by studying to become a trained counsellor.
Her post as team minister builds on the foundation and ethos of team ministry that has been created in West Angus over the past few years. This role is twofold. She works alongside Malcolm in the ministry work of the Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church with a pastoral focus. She also works in the parishes of WAAM in various capacities but principally in the building of relationships with young families. From this has stemmed a successful Messy Church which runs every two months in Kirriemuir Old Parish Church.
Linda is currently one of the pastoral advisors to Angus Presbytery.
She enjoys being with her family especially with her little grandson, Sebastian. In her spare time she likes to read, go to the theatre and cinema and to continue building up her family tree.