We welcome Mr Jonathan Fleming MA, a final year student at Glasgow University, who will be our assistant Minister until June 2011.
Some of you will have seen another body walking down from the Quire with Rev. Gibson on 3rd October when I was very warmly welcomed to Bothwell as your Student Assistant Minister for the next eight months.
For those of you who do not know already, my name is Jonathan Fleming and I am a Candidate in Training for Full Time Ministry of Word and Sacrament. I am married to Karyn and have a two year old daughter called Rachel, who I hope you will have the opportunity to meet in our time in Bothwell.
Having previously spent eight months in Motherwell: North Parish Church and ten weeks in Castlemilk East and West Parish Churches, I am delighted to be here for my final placement (before probation) until Pentecost 2011.
I am a final year student at the University of Glasgow where I am studying for the BD(Min) in Theology & Religious Studies. The purple and black hood that you will see me wearing on a Sunday is for an MA(Hons) degree in French Language & Literature obtained in 2004 from Glasgow also.
Upon graduating in 2004, I began studying a Masters degree in Information Management and Preservation,which was cut short to allow me to take over the running of our family’s food distribution company due to my late father’s illness. During this time, I acquired a Forklift licence in eighty minutes, which I have used a lot more than my French degree, which took five years!
In the Winter of 2007, I answered God’s call to Ministry and I have not looked back since…
When I do not have my nose stuck in a book, I enjoy playing the piano and listening to music of a multitude of genres. I have recently taken up photography in pursuit of an outdoor hobby so any hints and tips will be gratefully received!
One unusual fact that I can share with you about myself is that I have a passion for investigating how images alter our perception of biblical narrative. (This is also the title for my upcoming dissertation!)
Once again, I must emphasise how grateful my wife and I were for the warm welcome we received on our first Sunday in your congregation as well as how much we look forward to getting to know you over the course of my time here.