We Are St Andrews Free Church
We are a Christ-centred, Bible-driven church in St Andrews, Fife. Our passion is to know Jesus & make him known. We are made up of people of all ages and stages of life and from many different nationalities; a mixture of local residents & students; a combination of young believers, mature Christians & those investigating the Christian faith for the very first time. We'd love for you to join us.
When and Where
We meet on Sunday Mornings at St Andrews Baptist Church on South Street, in university term time we meet at 9:30am and 11:15am, and outside of that we meet at 10:30am. On Sunday Evenings we meet at 6pm at Hope Park & Martyrs Church on Market Street.
What to Expect
Our Sunday services are time spent learning from the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and praising him together. Each service lasts for just over an hour, after which we serve tea and coffee. You can expect a warm welcome, a mixture of modern songs, well-known hymns and ancient psalms, and an engaging talk. You can listen to one of our recent talks on our resources page.
What We Believe
God’s word the Bible is perfect in every way and is the supreme authority of the Church in all matters of faith and conduct - we want to believe what God says in the Bible, and we want to live in obedience to Him.
But ever since the earliest days of the church, Christians have laid out their beliefs in brief 'creeds' or 'confessions' in an attempt to summarise essential Christian truths and to guard the church from error. These statements are always secondary to the Bible but they are enormously helpful. For that reason, all leaders in St Andrews Free Church are required to affirm the Westminster Confession of Faith and to seek to live in the light of it. Download a copy here.
St Andrews Free Church began life as a small church plant from St Peter’s Church, Dundee around 2003. From those early beginnings, God has grown us to be a thriving church family.
Over the last 10 years the church has met in various locations and at various times but our core convictions and aims have remained unchanged.
We believe passionately that the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only true and relevant but also deeply fulfilling and life-changing.
For that reason, we want to do everything we can to play our part in the global mission of God’s people. After he rose from the dead, Jesus told his followers to ’make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28.19) His words shape our aims as a church family. They can be summarized under three headings. To the glory of God, we seek to:
- Reach out to people with the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Build people up in the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Send people out into the world as workers for Jesus Christ
Senior Minister - Paul Clarke
Paul is married to Emilie, and they have 3 children - Fred, Archie & Sophie, and one dog - Willow. Paul joined us from St Helen’s, Bishopsgate in 2013 where he had worked for 14 years. He enjoys playing golf, going for walks with friends & family, and eating good food.
Associate Pastor - Hamish Sneddon
Hamish grew up in Perthshire, and after graduating from Durham University was a ministry trainee at Christchurch Durham. After teaching for a couple of years he spent five years working in Durham for UCCF, and then moved here with the family in 2014. Alongside serving as the Associate Pastor, with particular responsibility for the student ministry, Hamish studies part-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He's married to Marije, and they've got three children. Along with hanging out with them, Hamish enjoys reading, music and sports, including the annual vocation of supporting Scotland Rugby.
Women's Worker - Jody MacIver
Jody grew up on the Isle of Lewis and studied in Glasgow, where she completed a degree in English Literature before spending a year on the Scottish Cornhill Training Course. She then spent two years as a ministry trainee at Christ Church Cambridge. Jody's delighted to be back in Scotland, and especially to be near the beach again. She loves doing anything that involves spending time with her friends, particularly if it involves tea and cake.
Pastor In Training - Ciarán Kelleher
His accent and birth certificate might speak to the contrary but Ciarán is a proud Irish man from Limerick City. After 3 years studying Sport Science in Chester, Ciarán slowly made his way further north, first in Edinburgh, where he served as a Ministry Apprentice and now here in St. Andrews. Like Hamish, Ciarán also studies part-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary alongside working here at the Free Church, where he oversees the Kids and Youth Work. Ciarán is an avid rugby fan who also adores cinema (a New Picture House regular). He has been married to Sarah since the summer of 2017.
Our Ministry Trainee Scheme aims to help people grow in love for Jesus and to get a taste of serving him in a local church.
David was born in Belfast and initially came to St Andrews to study English. He grew over these years in his desire to serve Christ and in his convictions about Bible-based ministry, so after realising there weren’t many careers in poetry he decided to apply to be a ministry trainee which he hopes will prepare him further for a life of Christian service. To relax he enjoys reading and writing poetry and also has a passion for cinema and Shakespear
Kirsty is our sole second year ministry trainee. She arrived in St Andrews in 2013 to read her beloved History. Her adventurous streak emerged in her third year when she had a brilliant time studying abroad in both Australia and Norway. Her exploits included swimming in fjords, skiing across frozen lakes and riding cantering camels in the Outback. Although clueless about her plans post-traineeship, she is excited, if a little nervous, to see where in the world God leads her next.
Sarah came to St Andrews in 2014 to study theology and biblical studies. Over her time here she’s grown in her passion to see Christians built up and non-Christians reached with the good news. Growing up on a farm in Northern Ireland, Sarah loves spending time outside. Originally pursuing a career in corporate law but now unsure of what to do with the rest of her life, Sarah hopes to be able to use what she learns during the traineeship to help others to understand God’s Word better in the future.
Hailing from Speyside, Caelan has grown up with a passion for spending time in the great outdoors. Ultimately this passion drew him to study away from the cities and instead to St Andrews where he came in 2014 to study Maths, a subject which he remains fiercely passionate about. In St Andrews he has grown hugely in his love for Christ, his desire to serve him in all things, and in his appetite for reading and teaching the Bible. This has culminated in him undertaking the MT scheme.
The Kirk Session
Our Elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the congregation. Alongside Paul, Hamish and Ciarán they are:
Iain lives in Markinch, and has two grown up children and four grandchildren. He is retired after many years in the Civil Service. Iain spends a great deal of time processing Forms in connection with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme on behalf of the Free Church at large.
Gregor and his wife Tina are our oldest members! (They joined when the church was just 3 months old back in 2004).They have 2 children Eilidh and Finlay. Gregor teaches in Kirkcaldy and in his spare time is a classic car enthusiast who also enjoys walking and golf.
Rob grew up in St Andrews and after studying history at university he decided he needed more excitement in his life and became an accountant. Since the mid 1990s he has been involved in running a dairy business in Manchester and nowadays also helps run the family farm just outside of town. Rob is married to Heidi and they have five children, two at university and three at school locally. When he is not working he likes to spend time on the farm, particularly the forestry, and also enjoys hill walking and reading history books
Having been born, raised, schooled, and started his working life in London, Saleem is thankful to have married a Scot, and discovered there is much life beyond the confines of the M25! He now lives in St Andrews, with his wife and three children, and works at the university. He was built for comfort, not for speed, but enjoys taking walks with the family in the wonderful countryside and on the beaches in and around the town.
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