Vacancy: Priest-in-Charge: St Ninian’s, Portpatrick and St John the Evangelist, Stranraer

March 1, 2022

We are looking for a missionally minded priest to help the congregations of St Ninian’s, Portpatrick and St John the Evangelist, Stranraer establish a future ministry in their areas, engaging with the local communities and deepening the spiritual experience of God in Christ Jesus in all that the Churches offer.

Drawing upon the well of Anglican holiness and fresh explorations of discipleship you will enable this Charge to forge a future in ministry and mission in the localities they serve.  These faithful congregations have worked hard to receive partial funding for these posts from the Diocesan Council, as well as drawing on their own assets. This is a time of establishing the future shape of the Scottish Episcopal Church presence in these places. Both posts receive a full standard stipend – currently £27,540pa, a non-contributory pension and housing (council tax is paid by the Charge), and normal working expenses will be paid.

We look forward to meeting with you and exploring mission together in the Galloway Region of the diocese.

To support clergy in this diocese we have established a network of Pastoral Supervision to ensure that no priests are isolated and have the reflective resources they need to face the challenges and opportunities that ministry offers.

If you are from without the Province a full induction and support programme will be put in place to enable you to feel welcomed into the Scottish Province of the Anglican Communion.

For an informal conversation with Bishop Kevin please email him at to arrange a suitable time to speak about this opportunitiy.  We look forward to hearing from you.

3 year post extendable to 5 years
Housing will be provided by the Diocesan Property Committee according to applicant’s need and will be a rental property in the Stranraer area.

Application Pack
Bishop Kevin’s Welcome Letter – Stranraer and Portpatrick (PDF)
St John’s, Stranraer Congregational Profile (PDF)
St Ninian’s, Portpatrick Congregational Profile (PDF)
Church Video Profile—St Ninian’s, Portpatrick and St John the Evangelist, Stranraer
Priest Profile – Stranraer and Portpatrick (PDF)
Application Form (Word document)

Informal enquiries – Bishop Kevin is happy to have an informal conversation about the post. Please contact him at to arrange this.

Currently receiving applications – closing date 10 June 2022
Applications should be emailed to, please name your application file with your surname and post name e.g. “Smith, Stranraer and Portpatrick.docx”.

Physical Visit Any selected candidate will be invited to visit physically to meet the Bishop and Vestries before an offer is made. This will take place on 30,31 May & 1 June – a two night stay in a local hotel and meetings with the Bishop and Vestries.