Kirk Session

Kirkliston Parish Church has a unitary constitution. The Congregational Board no longer exists, so various non-elder team leaders attend Session meetings in addition to Elders for the purposes of jointly discussing finance and fabric issues as well as worship and spiritual business. The Unitary constitution is structured as teams led by team leaders informing a steering group overseen by the Kirk Session who ultimately ratify all decisions.


“Alone we can do so little.  Together we can do so much”.


Note: There are entries in the list below for all members and attendees of Kirkliston Kirk Session.  Currently there is one non-Elder required to regularly attend Session meetings specifically for church business reporting reasons.  Non-elders are not trustees and therefore do not normally participate in decision making whilst at Session meetings.

The Elders & Regular Session Attendees (in alphabetic order)

Alistair Barton is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session as of 2019. No profile shared currently.

Rob Brechin is Church Treasurer and regularly attends the Kirk Session. He has lived in Kirkliston for 50 years, was Fabric Convenor for ten years and treasurer for the last 15 years.

David Buchanan is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.


Joyce Brooks is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.

Morag Carnall is team Leader for the Youth and Families team and also Convenor of Little Coffee Stop. Morag also facilitates a Life Group and was ordained just over 5 years ago. Born in Edinburgh and completing higher education in Dundee and Fife, Morag has now lived in Kirkliston for 20+ years

David Denholm is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.


Pam Doig has been a member of Kirkliston Parish Church since 1972 and an Elder for 15-20 years. Pam is currently convenor for Life and Work, and helps with Dorcas lunches, and is a member of Kirky Krafters.

Gill Davidson is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.

Valerie Edwards is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.


Joyce Fyfe is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.

Moira Gaynor is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session as of 2019. No profile shared currently.

Maureen Glen is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.

Tracey Henderson is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session as of 2019. No profile shared currently.

Brian Hepburn is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.
Katie Marshall has been a member of Kirkliston Parish Church for around 26+ years and an elder for several years. At present Katie is team leader of Pastoral Care and joint leader of a Life Group. “I Believe that Jesus still heals today”.

Wilson Marshall is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. He heads up the Property Team and has served previously on the Finance team.
Gordon McConnachie is originally from South Lanarkshire. He worked in London for almost 40 years and returned to Scotland in 2002, becoming an Elder in 2012 covering Ratho Station. Gordon serves within the ‘Techie Team’ operating the audio/visual systems.
Maggie McConnachie. Originally from the Isle of Lewis, Maggie moved to Kirkliston in 1976, and is Elder for Dundas Place and Dudgeon Place. With a particular heart for the young and the elderly, she serves within the community as part of the Little Coffee Stop Team, Cab, and Mission & Discipleship.
Karen McKay is currently the Elder for Humbie Road and Maitland Road (West) and has been an Elder for 37 years. She is joint Admin Team Lead, and Church Roll Keeper.  Away from Kirkliston, Karen is Depute Assembly Officer for the Church of Scotland General Assembly in Edinburgh, and does regular weekly voluntary admin work for the Edinburgh Food Project (food banks’ distribution support).  She is also an ‘Equalising Elder’ at Edinburgh Presbytery.
Bill McKay is currently the Elder for Newmains Road and has been an Elder for 22 years. He is the webmaster, updating  website content in accordance with information supplied. As an ex- Admin team lead he stays in touch with admin as an associate team member.  Bill is Kirkliston’s Edinburgh Presbytery Elder. His prayers include Kirkliston having significant Church re-growth, a journey which must take along all of the Parish congregation, of all ages, with shared worship, and with nobody left behind.

John McPhee says “We moved to Kirkliston in 2012 but have quickly settled into church life. I’m an elder, and I preach sometimes. l am keen to encourage more Life Groups to help us grow in our faith…oh and I enjoy walking the dog!”

Keith Moss was born in Kirkliston and has lived here all his life. He is a member of Kirkliston Parish Church and has been an elder for more than 35 years.  Keith is one of the ‘techie team’ supporting Sunday services’ audio-visual operations.

Linda Moss was born in Edinburgh but has lived in Kirkliston for 47+ years. She was ordained as an Elder of Kirkliston Parish Church almost 30 years ago.


Christina Pearson has been an elder in Kirkliston Parish Church for 17+ years. She has been a cab leader for 10 years and at present is a member of the youth and families team.

Daniel Pearson has been an elder in Kirkliston Parish Church for over 25 years. He is a member of the Finance Team and helps to co-ordinate the activities of the men’s Group.

George Plumb is an active Elder in the Kirk Session.  No profile shared currently.


Jane Plumb is one of the worship leaders in the church, and loves to spend time praising God. She says “George and I were married in KPC and we have 4 lovely children and 7 amazing grandchildren. Family means a lot to me and it’s great to be connected to such a wonderful church family. It can be your church family too!”

Paula Roots is the elder for Newbridge and the Session Clerk. She has been Safeguarding Coordinator as well as a Mission & Discipleship team & Life Group member. Paula’s interests include fair trade, refugees and prison support.


Jane Stein is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session as of 2019. No profile shared currently.

Lindsay Stein is a serving Elder on the Kirk Session. No profile shared currently.
Jan Wemyss. K.P.C. has been her church all her life, starting with her Christening and Sunday School days and going on from there. Jan has carried out many roles over the years, including Clerk to the Board, Guild President, Treasurer, and a member of various committees. At present, she is joint Team Leader of the Admin. Team. Jan has been an elder for 36+ years.

Liz Woollven is the elder for Stewart Place and Allison Place and also a member of the Worship Team and Little Coffee Stop.