Rev'd Dean Fostekew
An adopted Scot, Dean is a graduate of Chichester Theological College; in 1991 he visited Edinburgh to undertake 3 days of research and never really left. He moved permanently to settle in Scotland in 1995 following a curacy at all Saints Boyne Hill Maidenhead.
After working and living in Lockerbie from 1995-97, St. Mary's Dalmahoy 1997-2001 and the Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh 2001-2009 Dean was inducted as the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in May 2009.
Dean thoroughly enjoys his job, supporting the local community and working in the diocese. He says that Murrayfield is a good place to minister in because the people are interesting, supportive and challenging.
Dean is proud to stand up and be counted as a 'Liberal Thinker and Theologian' and is constantly encouraged by the congregation's response to sermons and new ideas. Exploring the grey areas of life and faith excite him.
There are two Rectory cats named Archie (a moggie from Fife) and The Lady Gladys, an aristocratic Burmese, whom he dotes upon. the Lady Gladys has a literary career and often will be found writing for the magazine or the website. Dean wonders if she doesn't get above herself at times.
When he's not out and about on church business, there are several places that Dean can be found ...
In the Rectory kitchen ...
for our Rector cooking is not so much of a hobby but a passion and, although he's a quasi-vegan, Dean's roast-dinners are said to be 'Master-Chef'-worthy, including roast potatoes described as the 'crispiest in Scotland'. Dean is some-what sceptical of this praise but two-out-of-two owners say that their cats prefer them. Whilst working in the kitchen, Dean is kept company by his Radio friends from Ambridge and firmly believes that The Archers is a live documentary, and not a soap opera. His partner, often tries to convince him otherwise but as Dean says; ‘If Jenni Murray says; ‘It is so’, then it is so.’
At the theatre ...
Dean has been known to overdose on shows during Edinburgh's International Festival; contemporary dance, theatre and opera keep him happy as do historical TV programmes and historical novels although frustrations can creep in with differing interpretations of historical events. That's to say they don't agree with his interpretation!
... that said ...
Dean is a fan of "Dr Who" and its spin-off series of "Torchwood"; Ealing Studios Comedies and the original St Trinian films are also firm favourites; his guilty secret is watching 'Shameless'.
Dean in his own words:
"I am convinced that I'm living in the best city and the most beautiful Country in the world and feel privileged to be a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, which I consider to be the most exciting expression of Anglicanism I have ever encountered"
Rev'd Brenda Johnson
Like Dean, Brenda too is an adopted Scot having lived in Edinburgh for 35 years, Brenda was brought up in rural Yorkshire and Darlington.
Brenda graduated from TISEC in 1996, she was a Lay-Reader at St Mary's Dalmahoy 1996-98, St Columba's Edinburgh, 1998-99, St Luke's Wester Hailes, 1999. She was ordained a Deacon in 2000. Hon. Assistant Deacon, St Luke's with St Salvador's Edinburgh 2000-2002, St. Salvador's 2002-2003 and came to the Good Shepherd in 2003.
Brenda has a special interest in children and young people, prior to doing her TISEC training Brenda was a Cub-Scout Leader, Group Scout Leader and Asst District Commissioner for Cub Scouts for over 25 years.
She was awarded the Scout Association Medal of Merit, in recognition of outstanding service to Scouting in May 1993.
Until her retirement Brenda was a support worker for children with Special Educational Needs and for 15 year a Manager of an After School Club for 3-8 year olds, a role that she greatly enjoyed. She is now a proud 'Granny' to four young grandchildren.
I suppose Brenda would describe herself as a bit of a 'rural lass' who very much enjoys the beauty of God's creation. Living in a village on the western edge of Edinburgh with uninterupted views of the Pentland Hills she is lucky to have beauty all around her. Brenda is not a tidy gardener but allows her plants to grow in an igaldy-pigaldy manner if they so choose. She grows a small amount of vegetables in pots and a raised bed.
Her favourite season is spring when everything is coming to life after the winter months.
Brenda is a lover of garden birds and keeps a record of the different species that visit her garden, she is always surprised at the way this has changed over the years.
Brenda has a secret ambition to see an otter on her frequent visits to Shetland, but so far they seem to avoid her.
As an optimist Brenda just keeps hoping that one day their paths will cross.
Brenda is a lover of garden birds, blue flowers, the Yorkshire Dales and all bright colours!!
Curate Rosie Addis
After working as a BSL/English interpreter, A1 assessor, V1 and V2 verifier for the past fifteen years, my life has now changed hugely. I was ordained two weeks ago and am now a non-stipendiary curate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Murrayfield, and this week began a full-time permanent job with the Church of Scotland, as their National Development Worker with Deaf, Deafened, and Hard of Hearing People.
I am still getting used to the idea of deaconing at services and wearing a clerical collar, as well as learning about the daily life of a presbyterian church. Deaf people are gradually getting used to the idea that I am a Christian who can now talk about her faith, and their friendship and support has been a continual thread in my otherwise changing world. I’m learning what parts of my old work life I need to leave behind, and what I can carry forward (such as Signs of God or the BSL Bible Translation Project).
However, I am very aware that this is all new to me, especially providing Deaf services instead of interpreting for hearing ones. Preaching, teaching, pastoring, and administration are new areas for me, and all offers of advice, guidance and support will be gratefully received!