It takes many very active people to carry out and support the work of a busy church like St John’s.
There are many active groups among the members of St John’s. These include groups helping people to develop and explore their faith, groups supporting the life of the church in practical ways and social groups helping to develop the community of St John’s. Read more about these groups and other ways of getting involved in the life of St John’s.
Markus Dünzkofer – Rector
A native of Germany, Markus first spent time abroad in his teens as a high school student in Evansville, IN, USA. After graduating from Gymnasium in Germany, he went on to study English and social science, and eventually theology at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), at the University of Edinburgh, and at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, USA. He holds the degrees of Master of Theology (Edinburgh, 1994) and Master of Divinity (Seabury-Western, 1998). While studying at New College, Markus lived at Coates Hall and attended St Ninian’s, Comely Bank.
Originally a Roman Catholic, Markus spent some time as a Lutheran and was received into the Anglican Communion in the Diocese of Chicago. After graduating from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Markus completed a year of Clinical Pastoral Education and worked as a hospital chaplain at RUSH-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL, USA. Markus was ordained deacon and priest by the Episcopal Bishop of Chicago and served St Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL, USA as Associate Rector for five years. In 2004, Markus transferred to the Diocese of New Westminster and became Incumbent of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Vancouver, BC, Canada where he stayed until the end of 2012.
Rosie Addis – Associate Rector
Prior to her ordination in 2014, Rosie worked as a BSL/English interpreter, Disability Advisor, Needs Assessor, and consultant. From 2014-2018 she worked for the Church of Scotland as their National Deaf Development Officer, and Chaplain to Albany Deaf Church in Edinburgh (now a Presbytery Mission Initiative under St Andrews and St Georges West). During this time Rosie completed her curacy as a non-stipendiary minister at the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield, and then became a team priest here at St John’s. In November 2018 she was welcomed as the Associate Rector.
Kenneth Boyd – Team Priest
Kenneth Boyd has been a non-stipendiary member of the St John’s ministry team since 1987, when as a Minister of the Church of Scotland he received permission to officiate from the Bishop of Edinburgh. Born and brought up in Easter Ross and educated there and at Edinburgh University, he worked after graduation for the Student Christian Movement, where he met his wife Pat, and after ordination as a University Chaplain. He is now Professor of Medical Ethics in the Edinburgh University College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He is also an elder of St Cuthbert’s Parish Church and, whenever possible, a member of the congregations of the Leith-Lyvennet parishes of the Eden Valley in Cumbria.
Clephane Hume – Team Priest
Clephane has been at St John’s most of her life! She was an Occupational Therapist in the field of mental health, clinically, and then as a lecturer at Queen Margaret University. She was ordained deacon in 1992 and priest in 1994. The two professions combine happily in her pastoral work. After retiring from secular work she found a committee position which enabled her to travel extensively, thus combining her interest in international development with a love of travel and photography.
Eileen Thompson – Team Priest
Eileen joined St John’s in the early 1990s when studying practical theology at New College. Much of her career has been spent working with and for the church overseas, as linguistics advisor for the United Bible Societies, and as Communication Secretary/Director for Council for World Mission. This has taken her (professionally) to 21 countries and over 30 denominations so she is ecumenical to her finger tips. Although a cradle Anglican, it seemed a natural progression to be ordained in the united churches of South Asia. She was made deacon in Church of Bangladesh and presbyter in Church of South India where she spent 11 years. On returning to UK, it was a wrench to be attached to a single traditional denomination and she was sent to Livingston Ecumenical Parish where she was a CofS, Methodist and URC minister as well as an episcopal priest. In 2013 she retuned to St John’s which had been her spiritual support whilst overseas. She loves being immersed in SEC liturgy and life, though she still works ecumenically.
Eileen still enjoys travelling, is a keen photographer, reads voraciously and enjoys the cultural feast Edinburgh has to offer.